The Vermont 8th Infantry Regiment was organized at Brattleboro and mustered in February 18, 1862. Left State for New York March 14. Sailed for Ship Island, Miss., March 19, arriving April 6.
The Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 115 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 241 Enlisted men by disease. Total 367.
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Attached to Phelps' 1st Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to October, 1862. Weitzel's Reserve Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to February, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to March, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Shenandoah, to April, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah, to April, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Defenses of Washington, 22nd Corps, to June, 1865.
Moved from Ship Island to New Orleans May 7-8, 1862. Duty there and at Algiers and guarding Opelousas Railroad till September. Bayou des Allemands June 20 and 22. Raceland Station June 22. St. Charles Station August 29 (Cos. "A" and "C"). Bote Station September 4 (Co. "K"). Operations in LaFourche District October 24-November 6. Georgia Landing, near Labadieville, October 27. Repair railroad to Brashear City November 1-December 8. At Brashear City till January 13, 1863. Action with Steamer "Cotten" on Bayou Teche January 14. At Camp Stevens, Bayou Boeuf, and at Brashear City till March. Operations on Bayou Plaquemine, Black and Atchafalaya Rivers February 12-28. Operations against Port Hudson March 7-27. Operations in Western Louisiana April 9-May 14. Teche Campaign April 11-20. Fort Bisland, near Centreville, April 12-13. Jeanerette April 14. Expedition to Alexandria on Red River May 5-17. Moved from Alexandria to Port Hudson May 17-25. Siege of Port Hudson May 25-July 9. Assaults on Port Hudson May 27 and June 14. Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Duty at Thibodeaux July 31-September 1. Sabine Pass Expedition September 3-11. Western Louisiana ("Teche") Campaign October 3-November 30. At New Iberia till January 6, 1864. March to Franklin and duty there till March 8. Moved to Algiers March 8. Veteranize January 28, 1864, and on furlough April 7 to June 3. Non-Veterans at Algiers till May 6, and at Thibodeaux till June 5. Left for home June 5, and mustered out June 22, 1864. Veterans moved from home to Dept. of the Gulf May 25-June 3. Moved to Alexandria June 8-11. Expedition to Tunica Bend June 19-21. Moved to Algiers July 2, thence sailed to Fortress Monroe, Va., July 5-12, and to Washington, D. C., July 12-13. Pursuit of Early to Snicker's Gap July 14-21. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 23. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. At Newtown till December 20, and at Summit Point till April 4, 1865. Hancock's operations in the Valley April 4-15. Moved to Washington April 21, and duty there till June. Grand Review May 23-24. Mustered out June 28. 1865.
The composite rosters of this unit contain the names of 2746 men. BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Benedict, George C. Vermont in the Civil War: A History of the Part Taken by Vermont Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Union, 1861-1865. 2 Vols. Burlington, VT: Free Pr Assn, 1888. E533B46v2. Reprint 2009. Eastern Digital Resources.
Burnell, George W. "The Development of Our Army." In War Papers (MOLLUS, WI, Vol. 2).
Milwaukee, WI: Burdick, Armitage & Allen, 1896. pp. 70-80 (6 photocopied pages). E464M5.1991v47.
Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 2003. Cartersville, GA Eastern Ditital Resources.
Vermont. A & IGO. Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers Who Served in the Army and Navy
of the United States During the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Montpelier, VT: Watchman, 1892. pp. 379-408. E533.3V53. (Contains a roster of the regiment).
Waite, Otis F.R. Vermont in the Great Rebellion: Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches.... Claremont, NH: Tracy, Chase, 1869. E533W3. See pp. 77 & 210-15 (3 photocopied pages) for a roster of officers a brief regimental history. REFERENCES: Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion
The Union Army by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1