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8th Indiana Infantry
in the American Civil War

Online Books:
8th Indiana Infantry Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1865     View Entire Book
8th Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 4, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866     View Entire Book
8th Indiana Infantry Reorganized Officer Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1865      View Entire Book
8th Indiana Infantry Reorganized Soldier Roster - Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 4, by W.H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Indiana, 1866     View Entire Book

Regimental History
Eighth Indiana Infantry. — Cols., William P. Benton, David Shunk, John R. Polk; Lieut. -Cols., Silas Colgrove, David Shunk, Charles S. Parrish, Alexander J. Kenny, John R. Polk, Joseph M. Thompson; Majs., David Shunk, Charles S. Parrish, Thomas J. Brady, Alexander J. Kenny, John R. Polk, Joseph M. Thompson, Jacob Widaman. This regiment was first organized for the three months' service at Indianapolis, in April, 1861, and was mustered in April 25. It left the state on June 19, and moved to Clarksburg, thence to Buckhannon, W. Va., where it was assigned to Gen. Rosecrans' brigade. It participated in the battle of Rich mountain and then went into camp at Beverly. It was mustered out at Indianapolis, Aug. 2, 1861. Its original strength was 784, and it lost by death, 7; desertion, 15 ; unaccounted for, 1. The regiment was at once reorganized at Indianapolis, and was mustered in Sept. 10, for three years. It left the state the same day and joined Fremont's Army at St. Louis, Mo., from which place it moved to Jefferson City and was assigned to Col. Jefferson C. Davis' brigade. It moved to Springfield, thence to Otterville, and on Dec. 17, marched to Warrensburg and assisted in capturing 1,300 of the enemy. It was in camp at Otterville until Jan. 24, 1862, when it moved to Springfield, joining Gen. Curtis' command, and thence to Cross Timbers, Ark. It participated in the battle of Pea Ridge, was then in camp until April, and moved then to Sulphur Rock, Ark. On June 22, it moved for Helena, skirmished at the White river, was in the engagement at Cotton Plant July 7, and reached Helena July 13. It was in a skirmish at Austin in August, was sent to Sulphur hill, near St. Louis, Oct. 6, and was engaged in various movements during the fall and winter. It was ordered to join Grant's forces at Milliken's bend, La., Mar. 5, 1863, and was assigned to Benton's brigade, Carr's division, 13th corps. It was engaged at Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion's hill, Black river bridge, and in the siege of Vicksburg, losing 117 in killed and wounded in the assault of June 22. July 5, it moved to Jackson returning on the 24th, and remained at Vicksburg until Aug. 20, when it moved to Carrollton to join Gen. Banks in his campaign through the Teche country. It took part in the capture of the fort on Mustang island, Tex., then moved to Indianola, where 417 out of 515 reenlisted as veterans, and were furloughed home in April, 1864. Upon returning to New Orleans it embarked, July 27, for Morganza bend, and was in the engagement at the Atchafalaya the next day. It was then ordered to Washington, D. C, reaching there Aug. 12, and marching to Berryville, Va., was assigned to the 19th corps with which it participated in the Shenandoah Valley campaign. It was engaged at the Opequan, Fisher's hill, and Cedar creek, and left Virginia, Jan. 6, 1865, by steamer for Savannah, Ga. It was on duty in Georgia until Aug. 28, 1865, when it was mustered out. Its original strength was 1,046, and it gained by recruits, 190; reenlistments, 46; unassigned recruits, 17; total, 1,299. It lost by death, 245; desertion, 75; unaccounted for, 47.

Footnotes:
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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