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8th Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
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

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