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8th Vermont Infantry
Organization and Service (Dyer's Compendium)


8th Vermont Infantry

Organized at Brattleboro and mustered in February 18, 1862. Left State for New York March 14. Sailed for Ship Island, Mississippi, March 19, arriving April 6. Attached to Phelps' 1st Brigade, Department of the Gulf, to October, 1862. Weitzel's Reserve Brigade, Department of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, to July, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to February, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division, to March, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Shenandoah, to April, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Provisional Division, Army of the Shenandoah, to April, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Defences of Washington, 22nd Corps, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Moved from Ship Island to New Orleans May 7-8, 1862. Duty there and at Algiers and guarding Opelousas Railroad until Sep. Bayou des Allemands Jun. 20 and 22. Raceland Station Jun. 22. St. Charles Station Aug. 29 (Cos. "A" and "C"). Boutte Station Sep. 4 (Co. "K"). Operations in La-Fourche District Oct. 24-Nov. 6. GA Landing, near Labadieville, Oct. 27. Repair railroad to Brashear City Nov. 1-Dec. 8. At Brashear City until Jan. 13, 1863. Action with Steamer "Cotten" on Bayou Teche Jan. 14. At Camp Stevens, Bayou Boeuf, and at Brashear City until Mar. Operations on Bayou Plaquemine, Black and Atchafalaya Rivers Feb. 12-28. Operations against Port Hudson Mar. 7-27. Operations in Western LA Apr. 9-May 14. Teche Campaign Apr. 11-20. Fort Bisland, near Centreville, Apr. 12-13. Jeanerette Apr. 14. Expedition to Alexandria on Red River May 5-17. Moved from Alexandria to Port Hudson May 17-25. Siege of Port Hudson May 25-Jul. 9. Assaults on Port Hudson May 27 and Jun. 14. Surrender of Port Hudson Jul. 9. Duty at Thibodeaux Jul. 31-Sep. 1. Sabine Pass Expedition Sep. 3-11. Western LA ("Teche") Campaign Oct. 3-Nov. 30. At New Iberia until Jan. 6, 1864. Mar. to Franklin and duty there until Mar. 8. Moved to Algiers Mar. 8. Veteranize Jan. 28, 1864, and on furlough Apr. 7 to Jun. 3. Non-Veterans at Algiers until May 6, and at Thibodeaux until Jun. 5. Left for home Jun. 5, and mustered out Jun. 22, 1864. Veterans moved from home to Department of the Gulf May 25-Jun. 3. Moved to Alexandria Jun. 8-11. Expedition to Tunica Bend Jun. 19-21. Moved to Algiers Jul. 2, thence sailed to Fortress Monroe, VA, Jul. 5-12, and to Washington, DC, Jul. 12-13. Pursuit of Early to Snicker's Gap Jul. 14-21. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign Aug. 7-Nov. 28. Battle of Opequan, Winchester, Sep. 19. Fisher's Hill Sep. 22. Battle of Cedar Creek Oct. 19. At Newtown until Dec. 20, and at Summit Point until Apr. 4, 1865. Hancock's operations in the Valley Apr. 4-15. Moved to Washington Apr. 21, and duty there until Jun., Grand Review May 23-24. Mustered out Jun. 28, 1865.

Regiment lost during service: 102 men killed and mortally wounded, 1 died from accident, 1 died in Confederate prisons and 214 died from disease. Total 345.

See Dyer's Compendium for other units.