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Norwich in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers

 
 
26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
1. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument
Inscription.
( inscribed around the obelisk )
June 14, 1863 · Port Hudson · May 27, 1863

( south side )
Erected
To the Memory
of the
26th Regiment
Conn. Volunteeer
Infantry
26th Regt. Conn. Vols.

( north side )
Total Membership
825
Casualties
Killed In Action 52
Wounded 142
Died In Service 84

( descriptive plaque )

Once upon a time in Norwich…

the 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers formed. The members were all from Eastern Connecticut. During the Civil War, 194 of them were killed or wounded in one day. This monument is to their memory.

There is no single event in the history of Eastern Connecticut that was more tragic than the Battle of Port Hudson fought on May 27th, 1863.

Port Hudson was strategic to the Confederate strategy and was the backdoor for providing supplies and ammunition. The great ports of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia were blockaded, thus supplies moved up the Mississippi and overland. It was a time prior to the Battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.

There were 557 men in the 26th Regiment, and on that single day, in the heat of the state of Louisiana, on the banks of the Mississippi, 52 were killed and 142 wounded. The casualty
26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
2. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument
rate was 30%; worse than the Battle of Iwo Jima or Invasion of Normandy during World War II.
This Memorial Plaque is sponsored by
The Waitte Insurance Agency

 
Erected 1902.
 
Location. 41° 31.808′ N, 72° 4.629′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Union Street, on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. Located in Union Park. Marker is in this post office area: Norwich CT 06360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Angelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slater Museum (approx. half a mile away); John F. Slater (approx. half a mile away); William Ashby McCloy (approx. half a mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
 
Regarding 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers. The 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers participated in the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, which occurred from May 27, 1863, to June 14, 1863. The dates on the obelisk
26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
3. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument
( north side )
mark the Regiment's days of heavy casualties.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
4. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument
( descriptive plaque )
26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
5. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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