Description: This regiment was organized at Elmira, N.Y., under Col. William H. Christian, for two years' service, and was mustered in May 21, 1861,and was known as the "2nd Oneida." This regiment also suffered severely during its two years of service, and the names of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg bring to its surviving members' vivid recollections of the bloody days of war. The 26th was mustered out May 28, 1863, at the expiration of its term of service. The companies were recruited: A, B, C and E at Utica; D at Hamilton; F at Whitestown; G and H – originally intended for the 13th Regiment – at Rochester; I at Oriskany; and K at Candor. The men principally came from the counties of Madison, Monroe, Oneida and Tioga, with a few from Chenango, Herkimer and Seneca counties.