The 26th Wisconsin Infantry was made up mostly of men of German decent and was organized at Camp Siegel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were mustered into the Union Army September 17th 1862 and left for Washington, DC on October 6th 1862. The 26th joined the 11th Corps at Fairfax Court House, Virginia. They saw their first real action in Chancellorsville in May 1863, where they and the 119th New York were attacked by superior numbers of Confederates in an open field. The 26th lost 177 men in that battle. The 26th saw heavy losses again at the Battle of Gettysburg. Their service continued with action at Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain and Sherman’s March to the Sea. They were part of the Union Army’s Grand Review in Washington, DC.
The 26th mustered out of Union service in Washington, DC June 17th 1865. Of the 1088 men who served in the 26th, 188 officers and enlisted were killed and 77 died from disease.
A good web site to look at if you want to know more is the History of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry