United States Regiments & Batteries > Massachusetts

The 8th Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery lost 1 enlisted man killed and 10 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

May 26 Organized at North Cambridge for six months’ service under Captain Asa M. Cook
June 24 Mustered in and left State for Washington, D. C.
June 25 A railroad accident killed 2 men and 13 horses.
June 27 Arrived Washington D.C.; Attached to Cook’s Brigade, Sturgis’ Reserve Corps, Military District of Washington
July 1 to August 8 Camp near Fairfax Seminary, Va.
August 8-11 Moved to Alexandria, then to Aquia Creek and Falmouth
August 11 Attached to Artillery, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac at Falmouth
August 16-September 2 Pope’s Campaign in Northern Virginia
August 17 Moved to seven miles south of Culpeper
August 22-23 Part of the battery at Barnett’s Ford
August 29 Battle of Groveton
August 30
Second Battle of Bull Run
September 1 Chantilly
September 14
Battle of South Mountain

The battery lost one man killed and 4 men wounded in a close range fight with a Confederate battery at Fox’s Gap. It was armed with four 12 pounder James Rifles and two 12 pounder howitzers.

September 17
Battle of Antietam

Engaged in the afternoon.

September 18 At Antietam Creek
October 5-9 Moved to Washington, D.C., to refit
October 21-26 To Pleasant Valley, Md. Captured a party of Confederates with recruits and horses at Hayattstown, Maryland.
October 26-
November 19
Movement to Falmouth, Va.
November 29 Mustered out and left for Massachusetts