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Glory Was Not Their Companion:
The Twenty-Sixth New York Volunteer Infantry

"Taylor writes clearly and concisely, and presents a complete and compelling story. As with all McFarland releases, the book itself is of the highest production quality." Civil War Courier

"The manuscript is not only well researched but also extremely well written. The narrative has a crispness and clarity often missing in similar endeavors that I have reviewed." Ted Alexander, Senior Staff Historian, Antietam National Battlefield Park

"Author Paul Taylor has done a fine job of historical detective work in finding and using the scant documentation and records left by this unit and its soldiers.Containing the stories of individual officers and soldiers, as well as a roster of the 1,182 men who served in the 26th, this fine book will appeal to Civil War enthusiasts and military genealogists." Military Heritage Magazine

"[Paul] Taylor does a commendable job in this short volume to portray this obscure regiment's activities. Relying on unpublished letters and diaries, he presents the reader with a rendition that reads well. Readers with a special interest in Oneida County men who served in the war should find this a valuable resource."Civil War News

"Paul Taylor has produced the best history of the 26th New York that is ever likely to be written." North and South Magazine

"[Taylor's] research is impeccable, and his account of the regiment is complete, detailed, and interesting. Pleasant to read, the book is an excellent resource book for anyone interested in this particular fighting unit." from

"[Taylor] brings the unit to life. The author is a good writer and tells a great story of a unheraled unit who did their job to save the Union. 5 stars." from 

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Originally published in hardcover in 2005, reissued in trade paperback format in 2010 by McFarland Publishers of Jefferson, N.C.
7" x 10", 231 pages, 54 illustrations and portraits, maps, notes, bibliography, index.


The first-ever formal history of this Civil War regiment that hailed primarily from New York's Oneida County.

Recruited from the gentle farmlands of central New York, the Twenty-Sixth New York Infantry was one of the initial two-year volunteer regiments accepted from the Empire State. Though those young men marched proudly off to war anticipating glory and quick victory, their first year amounted to little more than dreary garrison duty in and around Washington, D.C. Their second year more than made up for the previous lack of combat, as Death soon wrapped its cold arms around the "Second Oneida" with a vengeance experienced by very few other blue-clad regiments. Despite such regimental fortitude, official accolades never seemed to materialize. Meticulously researched, Glory Was Not Their Companion draws upon numerous unpublished letters and diaries from the collections of individuals, private libraries and public institutions, as well as contemporary newspapers and obscure government documents. In addition to the narrative, twenty-two portraits of the regiment's veterans, twenty-seven photos and drawings, maps, and appendices are all woven together by the author to tell the story of this long-neglected, hard luck Union regiment.

This work covers the regiment's entire two-year term of enlistment from May 1861 to May 1863. Appendices cover the order of command within campaigns and post assignments. Also included is a regimental roster listing the 1,182 men who served in the Twenty-Sixth.