The 26th Regiment

Plaque sponsored by the Waitte Insurance Agency

Located on Union Street at Broadway

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 Fort Hudson fought on May 27, 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. 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 rate was 30%; worse than the Battle of Iwo Jima or the Invasion of Normandy during World War II.