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8th New York
8th New York
Independent Battery Soldier
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 15 View the Entire Book
|Eighth New York Independent Battery. Capts., E. Butler Fitch,
Peter Morton. This battery, recruited principally in the county of Delaware, was organized
at Newburg as part of the 10th Legion, 56th N. Y. infantry, and was designated the 8th
battery on Dec. 7, 1861. It was mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Oct. 30,
1861; left the state commanded by Capt. Fitch on Nov. 7; proceeded to Washington, where it
was assigned to Casey's division; and was with the 4th corps in the Peninsular campaign in
1862, sustaining a loss of 6 killed and wounded at Fair Oaks. It then performed garrison
duty at Gloucester Point, Yorktown and Portsmouth, being engaged at Gloucester Court House
and Baltimore cross-roads. A section of the battery served with the cavalry division, Army
of the James, in the operations against Petersburg and Richmond in May, 1864. It continued
in service as a veteran organization and was mustered out at Norfolk, Va., June 30, 1865,
under command of Capt. Morton. It lost during service 1 enlisted man died of wounds, and
40 men died of disease and other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2