The 8th United States Infantry Regiment lost 1 officer and 15 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 officers and 47 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

1861
January In Texas
The regiment was forced to surrender while en route north.
April 22 Company C forced to surrender at San Antonio
April 24 Companies A & D forced to surrender at Indianola
May 9 Companies B, E, F, H, I & K forced to surrender at San Lucas Springs
June Company G attached to Porter’s Brigade, Hunter’s Division, McDowell’s Army of Northeast Virginia
July 16-21 Advance on Manassas, Va. (Company G)
July 21 Battle of Bull Run (Company G)
July Company F reached Washington, D.C.
August Companies F & G attached to Porter’s City Guard, Washington, D.C. for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.
1862
March Companies A, B, D, F & G attached to Provost Guard, Headquarters, Army Potomac

Moved to Virginia Peninsula.

April Companies C & D reached Washington, D.C. and attached to Defenses of Washington.
April 5-May 4 Siege of Yorktown
May 17 Expedition up the Pamunkey
May Companies C & D attached to Cooper’s 1st Brigade, Sigel’s Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah
May 24 Companies C & D – Moved to Harper’s Ferry
May 24-30 Companies C & D – Defense of Harper’s Ferry
June Companies C & D – Operations in the Shenandoah Valley attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Virginia
June 25-July 1 Seven days before Richmond (Companies A, B, D, F & G)
June 26 Mechanicsville
June 27 Gaines’ Mill
June 30 Turkey Bridge
July 1 Malvern Hill
August 9 Companies C & D – Battle of Cedar Mountain
August 16-23 Movement to Alexandria
August 16-September 2 Companies C & D – Pope’s Virginia Campaign
August 20-23 Companies C & D – Fords of the Rappahannock
August 26 Companies C & D – Sulphur Springs
August 27-29 Companies C & D – Plains of Manassas
August 30 Companies C & D – Battle of Bull Run
September Companies C & D – Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army Potomac
September 16-17
Battle of Antietam

Companies C & D – joined other Companies at Headquarters, Army of the Potomac.

September 18 At Sharpsburg, Md.
October 3 Company B joined at Sharpsburg
October 29-November 19 Movement to Falmouth, Va.
December 12-15
Battle of Fredericksburg
1863
April 27-May 6 Chancellorsville Campaign
May 1-5 Battle of Chancellorsville
June 11-July 24 Gettysburg Campaign
July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The Regiment was comanded by Captain Edwin W. H. Read. It arrived on July 2 and engaged in provost duty throuout the battle, with no loss.

July 15 Ordered to New York City, assigned to Dept. of the East
July 17 At City Hall Park, New York
July 30 On the Battery, New York
August 22 At Forts in N.Y. Harbor
1864
April 23 Moved to Washington, D.C. and assigned to Provost Guard, 9th Army Corps, Army Potomac
May 4-June 12 Rapidan Campaign
May 5-7
Battle of the Wilderness
May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
May 22-26 North Anna River
May 28-31 Totopotomoy
June 1-12
Cold Harbor
June 1-3 Bethesda Church
June 16-18 First Assault on Petersburg
June 16-November 2 Siege of Petersburg
July 30 Mine Explosion, Petersburg
October Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps
October 27-28 Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run
November 22 Moved to Baltimore, Md. and attached to 8th Army Corps, Middle Department until August, 1865