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|Eighth Infantry. Cols., Robert C. Murphy, George W. Robbins, John
W. Jefferson, William B. Britton; Lieut. -Cols., George W. Robbins, John W. Jefferson,
William B. Britton, James O. Bartlett, Duncan A. Kennedy. This regiment, known as the
"Eagle Regiment" was organized Sept. 4, 1861, with a numerical strength of 973.
It was mustered in Sept. 13 and left the state Oct. 12 for the lower Mississippi. It took
part in the actions at Greenville, Island No. 10, Farmington, Corinth, Iuka, Henderson's
hill, Pleasant Hill, Cloutierville, Bayou Lamourie, Atchafalaya river, Lake Chicot,
Jackson, Haynes' bluff, Vicksburg, Richmond, La., and Nashville. The general commanding at
Farmington, in general orders, said, "The Badger state may feel proud to have the
honor of being represented by so gallant a regiment as the 8th Wisconsin." Gen.
Sherman highly complimented the regiment for doing "its whole duty in the camp, on
the march and in battle," for "Pecular courage and gallantry at Jackson and
throughout the siege of Vicksburg," and for other services. The original strength of
973 was augmented to a total enrollment of 1,643. Losses by death 255, missing 3,
desertion 60, transfer 41, discharge 320. It was mustered out at Demopolis, Ala., Sept. 5,
1865, with 964 men.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 4