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in the Civil War
|Eighth Infantry. Cols., Timothy Munroe, Frederick J. Coffin,
Benjamin F. Peach; Lieut. -Cols., Edward W. Hinks, James Hudson, Jr., Christopher T.
Hanley; Majs., Andrew Elwell, Israel W. Wallis, David W. Low. The 8th Mass militia, with a
company from the 7th militia and one from the 10th regiment, volunteered for three months
and left the state for Washington, April 18, 1861, its total strength being 705 men. On
April 30, it was mustered into the U. S. service at Washington and Aug. 1 it was mustered
out at Boston. At Wenham, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 1862, the 8th militia was reorganized
and mustered in for nine months. It arrived at New Berne, N. C, Nov. 30, encamped there
and at Fort Totten, and sent out details on various duties. Late in May, 1863, it was
ordered to Fort Thompson but returned to New Berne on June 12. Orders for muster out came
in June, but on account of threatened danger to Baltimore the 8th was ordered there and
was not mustered out till Aug. 7, 1863. It again took the field in July, 1864, for 100
days, when it was organized at Readville and proceeded at once to Baltimore. Details
performed guard duty at Baltimore and in that vicinity until the regiment was mustered out
on Nov. 10, 1864, after its return to Massachusetts.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 1