|59th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
26th Battalion, Virginia Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Virginia, 1861
|Active||As the 59th: Aug. 1861 – Feb. 1862|
As the 26th: Feb. 1862 – April 1865
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Engagements||American Civil War: Battle of Roanoke Island-Seven Days' Battles-Second Battle of Bull Run-Battle of Antietam-Battle of Fredericksburg-Siege of Suffolk-Battle of Gettysburg-Overland Campaign-Siege of Petersburg-Battle of Sayler's Creek-Appomattox Campaign|
The 59th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment raised in Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. It fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia, and in the Carolinas.
The 59th Virginia (also called 2nd Regiment, Wise Legion) was organized in August 1861. Part of this unit was captured at Roanoke Island in February 1862. Some of the companies not captured made up the 26th Virginia Infantry Battalion.
As the 26th Battalion, Virginia Volunteer Infantry, it was attached to the Department of Richmond, assigned to Wise's Brigade, and saw action during the Seven Days' Battles. Later the regiment was transferred to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and participated in various conflicts around Charleston. Returning to Virginia in the spring of 1864 it was placed in the Petersburg trenches, then fought in the Appomattox Campaign. Many were disabled at Sayler's Creek, and none of its members were present at the surrender.
The field officers were Colonels Charles F. Henningsen and William B. Tabb, Lieutenant Colonels Frank P. Anderson and Joseph Jones, and Majors John Lawson and Robert G. Mosby.
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