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Regimental Statistics

There are many interesting facts regarding the 26th Missouri Infantry Regiment.  The following have been gleaned from the muster rolls of those men whose information were recorded or were readable.

  • Youngest recruit was  John Warren, whose reported age was 14 years old.

  • Oldest recruit was James P. Childers/Childres, whose reported age was 58 years old.

  • The average age was 26.3 years old.
  • The shortest recruit was Herman Krause at a height of 4' 6".  Herman was a 15 year old musician, probably a drummer.
  • The tallest man was Uriah Malone who towered over his comrades at 7' 3/4".
  • The strangest occupation was given by Henry Mitchell, a private in company A.  He reported that he was a "RASCAL" in civilian life.

The following are a listing of all occupations given by the men with the total reporting for each one.  There are a total of 915 reporting.

 

1

architect

 

1

foundry man

 

2

ship carpenters

4

bakers

 

1

gardener

 

14

shoe makers

2

bar tenders

 

1

glass blower

 

2

soldiers

1

peddler

 

1

grocer

 

5

stone cutters

18

blacksmiths

 

1

hack driver

 

6

stone masons

4

boatmen

 

1

harness maker

 

2

students

3

book keepers

 

50

laborers

 

1

surveyor

4

brick masons

 

4

lawyers

 

4

tailors

2

brick makers

 

5

machinists

 

7

teachers

5

butchers

 

2

mariners

 

1

teamster

1

cabinet maker

 

9

masons

 

1

tinner

1

car maker

 

2

mechanics

 

2

tobacconists

25

carpenters

 

3

merchants

 

2

upholsterers

2

carvers

 

3

millers

 

1

varnisher

2

cigar maker

 

22

miners

 

6

wagon makers

13

clerks

 

4

molders

 

1

weaver

1

collier

 

2

musicians

 

2

cooks

 

5

painters

 

7

coopers

 

1

peddler

 

1

cutler

 

1

potter

 

1

dentist

 

6

printers

 


In the Muster rolls, each man had to declare his marital status.  The following shows how the regiment broke down per that status.

 

281

married

631

single

2

widowers
   

914  

reporting 

64 married men died
1 widowed man died
146 single men died


The hair and eye color and complexion were recorded for each soldier

 

Hair color

78

auburn

128

Black

2

Blond

147

Brown

2

Chestnut

1

Curley light

283

Dark

3

Fair

18

Flaxen

16

Grey

226

Light

15

Red

34

Sandy

953

reported

 

Eye color

73

Black

461

Blue

54

Brown

33

Dark

199

Grey

120

Hazel

15

Light

1

Yellow

956

reported

 

complexion color

2

Black

 

2

Brown

 

265

Dark

 

254

Fair

 

42

Florid

 

1

Grey

 

365

Light

 

3

Reddish

 

2

Sandy

 

1

Very dark

 

937

reported

 

 


Another interesting statistic for the regiment was where the men were born.  In the middle of the 19th century, Missouri was a melting pot of people who migrated from all parts of the United States and abroad.  With only 250 native Missourians, the 26th Missouri reflected that mixture of individuals who sought new opportunities in Missouri's rich land.

location of birth

2

Alabama

1

Arkansas

1

Austria

3

Bavaria

8

Canada

2

Connecticut

1

Denmark

22

England

25

France

1

Georgia

122

Germany etc.

1

Holland

1

Poland

72

Illinois

44

Indiana

3

Iowa

66

Ireland

35

Kentucky

4

Maine

5

Maryland

4

Mass.

1

Michigan

250

Missouri

8

North Carolina

1

New Hampshire

1

New Jersey

40

New York

1

Nova Scotia

44

Ohio

29

Pennsylvania

35

Prussia

1

Sardinia

1

Scotland

3

Sweden

20

Switzerland

68

Tennessee

1

Vermont

23

Virginia

1

Wisconsin