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8th Vermont Infantry
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1861/11/12Stephen Thomas, native of West Fairlee, a democratic member of the Vt. Legislature, was commissioned Colonel of the 8th Regiment, which he immediately proceeded to recruit. (Peck)
1862/02/188th Regiment mustered into U. S. service. (Dyer)
1862/02/19Albert Hale, 8th VVI, wrote his father from Camp Holbrook, Brattleboro (more)
1862/03/048th Regiment departed Brattleboro for New York (Dyer)
1862/03/06Albert Hale, 8th VVI, wrote his father, on the train, en route New York. (more)
1862/03/09The 8th Regiment leaves New York on the ships 'Wallace' and 'James Hovey,' with sealed orders, which, on being opened at sea, directed the troops to report to General Phelps at Ship Island, in the Gulf of Mexico. (Peck)
1862/03/198th Regiment departed New York for Ship Island, MS, arriving there April 6. (Dyer)
1862/05/12The 8th Regiment arrived at New Orleans, and went immediate into quarters in the Mechanic's Institute building. (Peck)
1862/06/228th Regiment at Raceland, LA (Dyer)
1862/09/048th Regiment at Boutte Station and Bayou Des Allemands. LA (Dyer)
1862/09/04Private Lewis J. Ingalls, Co. K, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/01/148th Regiment engaged with Steamer 'Cotton.' (Battles)
1863/01/14First Sergeant Squire E. Howard, Co. H, 8th VVI, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on this date. (more)
1863/03/21Captain John S. Clark, 8th Regiment, who died on the 20th, was buried in the Sparks family vault in Girod cemetery, New Orleans (Carpenter)
1863/04/128th Regiment at Bisland, LA (Dyer)
1863/05/278th Regiment engaged in assault on Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/06/108th Regiment participated in the night engagement at Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/06/148th Regiment participated in the assault on Port Hudson, La. (Battles)
1863/07/13A force of artillery, cavalry and infantry, including the Eighth Vt. (Colonel Stephen Thomas), left Brashear City, Louisiana, under command of General Weitzel and joined a gunboat fleet of side-wheel steamers, Colonel Kinsman, Estrella, Calhoun and Diana on Bayou Teche. On the 14th, the Eighth Vt. crossed to the east side of the bayou by Diana to engage sharpshooters. The Seventy-fifth New York stayed on the west bank of the bayou for the same purpose. Sixty picked men from the Eighth were sent under command of Captain Henry F. Dutton, Company H, to pick off the gunners of the Confederate side-wheel river steamer Joseph A. Cotton. Calhoun went aground, her commander, Lieutenant-Commander Buchanan was killed, and the boat was 'in imminent danger of capture.' The Vermonters were requested to take the rifle-pits; they 'rushed forward at double quick' and overran the rifle pits, and some cavalry supporting them. They killed 7 rebels, wounded 26 and captured 57, without a single Vt. casualty. That night, Colonel Thomas found his regiment on the left bank of the bayou, alone and vulnerable. He used a bit of deception, building a line of camp fires two miles long, indicating a much larger force than really existed at that point, and convinced the rebels that their position was untenable. They fired the Cotton, set it adrift, and it sank. Lieutenant-Commander A. P. Cooke, commanding the gunboat Estrella, said of the Vt.ers' clearing the rebel rifle pits, 'It would have been impossible for the boats to have dislodged them.' Acting Third Assistant Engineer George W. Baird, of the Calhoun, recorded in his diary that 'the Eighth Vt. Regiment had charged the pits and the rebs were running, so I single out a reb and emptied my revolver.' (ORN)
1863/08/15A detail from the 8th Regiment, consisting of Captain Leach, Lieutenants Carpenter and Cooper, and six non-commissioned officer were sent to Vt. on recruiting service. (Peck)
1863/09/01The Eighth Regiment moved to Algiers and went by sea to the Sabine Pass expedition, which was not successful, the troops returning to Algiers on the 11th. (Peck)
1864/01/05Three hundred twenty-one members of the 8th Regiment 'made a second claim of being patriots by re-enlisting for three years more of service.' (Peck)
1864/09/228th Regiment was engaged or present at Fisher's Hill, Va. (Battles)
1864/11/12The 8th Regiment was In camp, Newtown, Va. through December 20. (Peck)
1865/04/15The 8th Regiment was ordered to Washington and posted about the City to prevent the escape of the assassin of President Lincoln (Peck)
1865/05/17Colonel Holbrook, 7th Regiment, reported on the siege of Spanish Fort, near Mobile, AL (Reports)
1865/06/288th Regiment mustered out, having lost 4 Officers and 115 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 7 Officers and 241 Enlisted men by disease. total 367. (Dyer)
1941/02/27Charles H. Emerson, Co. D, 8th Vt. Inf., died in Dalton, NH (Last Vets)
1942/07/13Charles S. Heyer, Co. C, 8th Vt. Inf., died in St. Johnsbury (Last Vets)