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8th Ohio Cavalry

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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     View Entire Book

Regimental History
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

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