United States Regiments & Batteries > Massachusetts > 8th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

The 8th Massachisetts was one of the first four Regiments to respond to Lincoln’s call for volunteers after the start of hostilities. It lost 4 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.

April 16 The 8th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment gathered at Boston for 90 days service under Colonel Timothy Munroe, Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Hincks and Major Andrew Elwell.
April 18 The regiment left Massachusetts for Washington.
April 20-21 Moved from Philadelphia to Annapolis, Maryland, via Perryville.
April 24-26 Marched to Washington, D.C. and duty there
May 15 Colonel Munroe resigned due to physical debility. Lieutenant Colonel Edward W. Hincks was promoted to colonel and Major Elwell to lieutenant colonel.
May 15 At Relay House, just west of Baltimore, Maryland.
July 29-30 Moved to Boston to muster out.
August 1 The 8th Massachustts mustered out under the command of Colonel Edward Hincks.
July 13 to 26 Organized at Readville for 100 days service.
July 20 Left Massachusetts for Baltimore, Maryland. The regiment was attached to 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Corps, Middle Department for service at Camp at Mankin’s Woods
August 12 –
October 28
Draft Rendezvous for Maryland and DelawareCompany B was on duty at hospitals;
Companies A to K on Provost duty in Baltimore;
Companies D, E, G and H at Camp Bradford, near Baltimore;

Companies C, F and I guarded Northern Central Railroad.

August 15 –
September 25
Headquarters at Cockeyville, Mdaryland, then at Camp Bradford
October 28 The regiment moved to Massachusetts.
November 10 The 8th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment mustered out.