26th Ohio Independent Battery

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Isaac Buchecker
Died September 1, 1864 at
Hospital no.2 Vicksburg Miss.
Courtesy of Marcus McLemore


Twenty-Sixth Ohio Independent Battery, organized with men from the Thirty-Second Ohio Infantry, attached to that regiment as Company F through 1862 and surrendered at Harpers Ferry; exchanged January 21, 1863, and served under Grant, still as part of the Thirty-Second through the Vicksburg campaign; distinctly organized as a battery, and designated the Twenty-Sixth Ohio December 22, 1863; veterened and received furlough January 1, 1864; returned to field service at Vicksburg, February 3d; in active service with the Army of the Southwest until November 8, 1864; then on garrison duty at Natchez, Mississippi; attached to Texas Expedition, and served on the Rio Grande till August, 1865; mustered out at Tod barracks, September 2, 1865, Captain Yost still commanding.

From: The Military History of Ohio. by H.H. Hardesty

From Dyer's Compendium

26th Independent Battery Light Artillery. Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, as Company "F" 32nd Ohio Infantry, August, 1861. Left State for West Virginia September 15. At Grafton, W. Va., September 18, and at Beverly September 22. Attached to Kimball's Brigade, Reynolds' Command, West Virginia, to October, 1861. Cheat Mountain District, West Virginia, to November, 1861. Milroy's Brigade, Cheat Mountain District, to March, 1862. Milroy's Brigade, Mountain Department, to May, 1862. Schenck's Brigade, Mountain Department, to June, 1 862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of Virginia, to July, 862. Garrison at Winchester, Va., to September, 1862. Miles' Command, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., September, 1862.
SERVICE.--Stationed at Cheat Mountain Summit, W. Va., October, 1861. Action at Greenbrier October 3. Duty at Greenbrier till December 13. Camp Allegheny December 13. Ordered to Beverly and duty there till April, 1862. Expedition on the Seneca April 1-12. Action at Monterey April 12. At Staunton till May 7. Battle of McDowell May 8. March to Franklin and duty there till May 25. Pursuit of Jackson up the Shenandoah Valley. Battle of Cross Keys June 8. Duty at Strasburg and Winchester till July. Detached from 32nd Infantry for Artillery duty July 20, 1862, and stationed at Winchester till September 11. Retreat to Harper's Ferry September 11-12. Defence of Harper's Ferry September 12-15. Battery surrendered September 15. Paroled and sent to Annapolis, Md., thence to Chicago, Ill., and to Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio. Exchanged January 12, 1863. Again attached to 32nd Infantry and moved to Memphis, Tenn., January 20-25, 1863. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, to December, 1863. Moved to Lake Providence, La., February 20, and to Milliken's Bend, La., April 17. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson, Miss., May 1. Raymond May 12. Jackson May 14. Champion's Hill May 16. Capture a Battery of six guns and assigned to duty as Artillery till August 3, 1863. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Attached to Battery "D" 1st Illinois Artillery and to 3rd Ohio Battery August 3 to December 22, 1863, and garrison duty at Vicksburg, Miss. Served with Artillery, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps. Expedition to Monroe, La., August 20-September 2, 1863. Expedition to Canton and Brownsville October 14-20. Permanently detached from 32nd Ohio as 26th Ohio Battery December 22, 1864. On Veteran furlough January 1 to February 3, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Duty at Vicksburg till November, 1864, attached to Maltby's Brigade, District of Vicksburg. Expedition to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3. Expedition to Woodville October 4-11. Woodville October 5-6. Moved to Natchez, Miss., and garrison duty there till April, 1865. Ordered to Texas April, 1865, and duty on the Rio Grande, Texas, till August. Ordered home for muster out. Mustered out at Todd's Barracks, Columbus, Ohio, September 2, 1865. Battery lost during service 22 Enlisted men by disease.

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