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8th Ohio Cavalry
8th Ohio Cavalry Soldier Roster - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the
State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, Volume 11, by Ohio
Roster Commission (Joseph B. Foraker, Governor, James S. Robinson, Sec'y of
State and H. A. Axline, Adjutant-General), 1886
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|Eighth Cavalry. — Cols., Samuel A. Gilbert, Alpheus S.
Moore, Thomas Drummond, Wesley Owens; Lieut. -Cols., Lysander W. Tulleys,
Robert Youart, Augustus Dotze; Majs., Jacob A. Souders, James W. Shaw,
Nicholas D. Badger. This regiment, formerly the 44th infantry, was
organized as a veteran cavalry regiment by order of the secretary of
war. Its designation was changed to the 8th Ohio volunteer cavalry in
Jan., 1864, and the organization, composed of veterans and recruits, was
retained in service until July 30, 1865, when it was mustered out in
accordance with orders from the war department. Immediately after or
during the retreat from Lynchburg, Va., and until Dec. 1, 1864, this
regiment was divided, one detachment being ordered to Beverly, W. Va.,
where it arrived on June 30, 1864, and the other taking part in the
operations in the Shenandoah Valley, including the skirmishes in which
the cavalry was engaged and the battles of Winchester, Fisher's hill and
Cedar creek. At Huttonsville, W. Va., Aug. 23, 1864, 80 men belonging to
Cos. C, H and K were surprised and captured, their arms, equipments and
horses only being taken. The camp of the 8th at Beverly, W. Va., was
attacked on Oct. 29, 1864, just before daylight, but after a severe
hand-to-hand fight, the Confederates, who had intended a surprise, were
forced to retreat with a loss of 17 killed, 27 wounded and 92 prisoners,
while the regiment lost only 8 killed, 25 wounded and 13 missing. On the
morning of Jan. 11, 1865, between 3 and 4 o'clock, the enemy under Gen.
Rosser attacked and surprised the camp of the 8th Ohio cavalry and the
34th Ohio infantry, at Beverly, killed 5 men, wounded 20 and captured
583. The captured men were taken to Richmond, Va., where they were held
as prisoners until Feb. 15, 1865, when they were sent to Annapolis, Md.,
and thence to Camp Chase (parole camp), Ohio, where they were mustered
out by order of the war department.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2