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8th Regiment, New Hampshire Infantry

Organized at Manchester and mustered in December 23, 1861. Left State for Boston, Mass., January 24, 1862; thence sailed for Ship Island, Miss., February 15, arriving there March 15. Attached to Butler's New Orleans Expedition to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, Dept. of the Gulf, to November, 1862. Independent Command, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1863.

Duty at Ship Island till April, 1862. Occupation of Ports Wood and Pike, Lake Pontchartrain, May 5. Moved to New Orleans and duty at Camp Parapet till October. Expedition to Lake Pontchartrain July 23-August 2. Operations in District of LaFourche October 24-November 6. Occupation of Donaldsonville October 25. Action at Georgia Landing , near Labadieville, October 27, and at Thibodeauxville October 27. Duty in the District of LaFourche till March, 1863. Expedition to Bayou Teche January 12-14, 1863. Steamer "Cotton" January 14. Operations on Bayou Plaquemine and the Black and Atchafalaya Rivers February 12-23. Operations against Port Hudson March 7-27. Teche Campaign April 11-20. Fort Bisland, near Centreville, April 12-13. Irish Bend April 14. Expedition from Opelousas to Chicotsville and Bayou Boeuff May 1. Expedition to Alexandria on Red River May 5-17. Movement from Alexandria to Port Hudson May 17-24. Siege of Port Hudson May 24-July 5. Assault on Port Hudson June 14. Expedition to Nibletts Bluff May 26-29. Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Moved to Baton Rouge, La., August 22. Sabine Pass Expedition September 4-11. Moved to Camp Bisland September 15 and duty there till October. Moved to Opelousas, thence to Franklin December -. Designation of Regiment changed to 2nd New Hampshire Cavalry December, 1563. (See 2nd New Hampshire Cavalry.)

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 94 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 256 Enlisted men by disease. Total 360.

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Organized as 8th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry December 23, 1861. (For history to December, 1863, see 8th New Hampshire Infantry.) Designation changed to 2nd Cavalry December, 1863. Attached to 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Defences of New Orleans, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1864. District of Natchez, Dept. of Mississippi, to January, 1865. District of Vidalia, Dept. of Mississippi, to March, 1865. Post of Natchez, Dept. of Mississippi, to June, 1865.

Duty at Franklin, La., till January, 1864. Re-enlisted January 4, 1864. Ordered to New Orleans, La., and duty there till March. Red River Campaign March 10-May 22. Advance from Franklin to Alexandria Mareh 14-26. Action at Natchitoches March 31. Crump's Hill April 2. Wilson's Farm April 7. Bayou de Paul Carroll's Mill April 8. Battle of Pleasant Hill April 9. Natchitoches April 19 and 22. Monett's Bluff and Cane River Crossing April 23. Retreat to Alexandria April 24-30. Alexandria May 1-8. Retreat to Morganza May 10-20. Mansura May 16. Near Moreauville May 17. Yellow Bayou May 18. Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya May 30-June 6. Ordered to New Orleans, La., July 11. Veterans absent on furlough July 11 to August 31. Non-Veterans on duty at Camp Parapet. Regiment ordered to Natchez, Miss., September, and duty there till January 9, 1865. Operating against guerrillas, picket and garrison duty. Non-Veterans ordered home December 23, 1864, and mustered out January 18, 1865. Veterans consolidated to a Battalion of 3 Companies and ordered to Vidalia. Garrison, guard and patrol duty there till March 6, 1865. Provost duty at Natchcz till October. Ordered to Vicksburg, Miss., and there mustered out October 29, 1865. Moved to Concord, N. H., October 29-November 6, and discharged November 9, 1865.

For losses see 8th New Hampshire Infantry.
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