26th Alabama (O'Neals)

O'Neal's 26th Alabama

"The Little Regiment that Did"
Portions of this page come from web page  "26th. Ala"
by Historian Tod L. Molesworth. (edited by fdm)


This flag is an Army of Northern Virginia, 3rd wool bunting issue.  Flags of this issue were manufactured at the Richmond Depot between July 1862 and May 1864.  On April 20, 1863, Colonel Edward Asbury O'Neal, 26th Alabama Infantry forwarded the regiment's old battle flag to the Governor of Alabama stating "The government having issued to this Regiment a new flag, we respectfully ask that the old one may be deposited in Archives of the State."  Their new flag was captured at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.  This flag depicted was issued to the regiment after the Gettysburg campaign and carried by them for the remainder of the war.
        Following the surrender of the 26th Alabama Infantry at Greensborough, North Carolina in April, 1865 the servant of Dr. Hayes, Brigade surgeon and former regimental surgeon, wrapped the flag around his body and slipped through the Federal lines, thus saving the flag.  How long the flag remained with Dr. Hayes is unknown, however, by September 21, 1900 it was in the possession of O'Neal's wife.
        The date of donation to the Alabama Department of History is unknown, however, director Marie Bankhead Owen stated in an August 1943 letter that she accepted the donation of the flag from Mrs. Syden O'Neal Dudley.  The date of donation must post date former ADAH director Dr. Thomas Owen's death on March 25, 1920 as he was the one who originally requested the donation in November 1903 from Mr. A. M. O'Neal.

Roster List

Company A Company B Company C Company D Company E
Company F Company G Company H Company I Company K
Headquarters Staff

Held in early 1900's at Ebenizer Methodist Church, Fernbank, Alabama

Bottom left to right: John Curry, Bob Franks, Rueben Todd "Co. K", Jack Wilson, Mr. Holloway, Aaron Godfrey "Co. D", Johnny E. Lavender "3rd Texas Cavalry", and William Lavender.
Top left to right:
Wm. Gray "Co. B", Jeff Atkins, Black Smith, Balaam Smith, Big Bill Smith "Co. K", Jay Guin "Co. D", John Fleming "Co. K", Rev. Beatty "staff", John R. Jones "Co. K", Duff Holcomb "Co. H".


     Out of 1,111 known members of the 26th Alabama:
            360 are known to have died  32%
            93 finished the war in prison or on furlough after being released
             2 escaped from a prisoner of war camp
           10 joined U. S. service
           146 are known to have been discharged or resigned.
           39 are known to have deserted

           387 have some partial records