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8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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8th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Wisconsin.svg
Wisconsin flag
ActiveSeptember 13, 1861, to September 5, 1865
CountryUnited States
AllegianceUnion
BranchInfantry
EngagementsBattle of Iuka
Battle of Corinth
Siege of Vicksburg
Red River Campaign
Battle of Nashville

The 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 8th Wisconsin's mascot was Old Abe, a bald eagle that accompanied the regiment into battle.

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Service

The 8th Wisconsin was raised at Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered into Federal service September 13, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on September 5, 1865, at Demopolis, Alabama.

Total enlistments and casualties

The 8th Wisconsin initially mustered 870 men and later recruited an additional 333 men, for a total of 1,203 men.[1] The regiment lost 2 officers and 53 enlisted men killed in action or who later died of their wounds, plus another 2 officers and 219 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 280 fatalities.[2]

eagle on glob with "CASE"
Jerome Case chose the eagle mascot as the trademark of Case Corporation

Commanders

Battles

The 8th Wisconsin Infantry along with their mascot Old Abe The War Eagle attended numerous battles and lesser engagements during the war:[3]

  • Fredericktown, Missouri - 21 October 1861
  • New Madrid and *Island #10 - March & April 1862 Union General John Pope captures Point Pleasant, Missouri, and provokes Confederates to evacuate New Madrid. The Confederates abandon arms and provisions, valued at one million dollars, during their escape across the Mississippi River to the eastern bank and to Island No. 10.[4]
  • Point Pleasant, Missouri - 20 March 1862
  • Farmington, Mississippi. - 9 May 1862
  • Corinth, Mississippi. - 28 May 1862
  • Iuka, Mississippi. - 12 September 1862
  • Burnsville, Mississippi. - 13 September 1862
  • Iuka, Mississippi. - 16–18 September 1862
  • Corinth, Mississippi. - 3–4 October 1862
  • Tallahatchie, Mississippi. - 2 December 1862
  • Mississippi Springs, Mississippi. - 13 May 1863
  • Jackson, Mississippi. - 14 May 1863
  • Assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi. - 22 May 1863
  • Mechanicsburg, Mississippi. - 4 June 1863
  • Richmond, Louisiana. - 15 June 1863
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi. - 24 June 1863
  • Surrender of Vicksburg- 4 July 1863
  • Brownsville, Mississippi. - 14 October 1863
  • Fort Scurry, Louisiana. - 13 March 1864
  • Fort De Russey, Louisiana. - 15 March 1864
  • Henderson's Hill, Louisiana. - 21 March 1864
  • Grand Ecore, Louisiana. - 2 April 1864
  • Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. - 8–9 April 1864
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana. - 20 April 1864
  • Kane River, Louisiana. - 22 April 1864
  • Clouterville and Crane Hill, Louisiana. - 23 April 1864
  • Bayou Rapids, Louisiana. - 2 May 1864
  • Bayou La Monre, Louisiana. - 3 May 1864
  • Bayou Roberts, Louisiana. - 4–6 May 1864
  • Moore's Plantation, Louisiana. - 8–12 May 1864
  • Mansura, Louisiana. - 16 May 1864
  • Battle of Maysville, Louisiana. - 17 May 1864
  • Calhoun's Plantation, Louisiana. - 18 May 1864
  • Bayou De Glaise, Louisiana. - 18 May 1864
  • Lake Chicot, Arkansas. - 6 June 1864
  • Hurricane Creek, Mississippi. - 13 August 1864
  • Pursuit of Price, Jackass Cavalry September - October 1864
  • Nashville, Tennessee. - 15–16 December 1864
  • The Mobile Campaign March - April 1865

Notable members

See also

References

  1. ^ 8th Wisconsin Archived March 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Civil war Archive
  3. ^ "Old Abe the Civil War Eagle, Eau Claire County in the Civil War". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  4. ^ Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861–1862: Civil War Timeline: June 30, 1861–1862

Further reading

  • Armitage, Ambrose, and Alden R. Carter. Brother to the Eagle: The Civil War Journal of Sgt. Ambrose Armitage, 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. [Bangor, ME]: Booklocker.com, Inc, 2006. ISBN 1-60145-042-7 OCLC 123916234
  • Barrett, J. O. History of "Old Abe," The Live War Eagle of the Eighth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers. Chicago: O.L. Sewell, 1865. OCLC 8593499
  • Driggs, George W. Opening of the Mississippi: Or Two Years' Campaigning in the South-West. A Record of the Campaigns, Sieges, Actions and Marches in Which the 8th Wisconsin Volunteers Have Participated. Madison, Wis: W.J. Park & Co., printers, 1864. OCLC 1706997
  • Shumway, Francis, Ronald William Harris, and Rhonda Harris. Francis #3138: The Civil War Letters of Francis (Frank) Shumway, Company F, Eighth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861–1862. La Crosse, WI : R.W. Harris, 1995. OCLC 37682547
  • Williams, J. M. The Eagle Regiment, 8th Wis. Inf'ty. Vols. A Sketch of Its Marches, Battles and Campaigns, from 1861 to 1865 ; with a Complete Regimental and Company Roster, and a Few Portraits and Sketches of Its Officers and Commanders. Belleville, Wis: Recorder Print, 1890. OCLC 38307788

External links

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