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The 8th Maine Infantry Regiment

   This information was provided to me by Dan Peters on 7-24-98 in answer to a question I had posted on the internet.

   Nathan Morrison, my ancestor, served in Co. B of the 8th Maine. He reportedly died on 8 June 1862 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. According to Dan he is mentioned in the source "Annual Report of the Adjutant General of The State of Maine for the Year Ending December 31, 1863" and would undoubtably be mentioned in the reports for 1861 and 1862 as well.

   The following organizational, service (campaign and battle) history is from: Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. Ref. pp. 1221-22

   This same information and information concerning other Civil War units for the State of Maine and other states can be found at THE CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE

8th Maine Infantry Regiment

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SERVICE

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The Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 128 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 243 Enlisted men by disease. Total 381.

Bibliographical Items of the 8th Maine Infantry:

(All of these items are at the US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Phone: (717) 245-3611 for their reference section. The Institute maintains a public library for the reading of these histories.)

Many Maine units have a full-length history written soon after the war by a veteran of the unit or later by modern historians. Unfortunately there is no such story for the 8th Maine. But the following will help to piece togethera story of the unit's part in the war.

1. Doble, Erastus. "Reminiscences of Prison Life and Escape." Maine Bugle I (1894): pp. 105-15, 214-18 & 317-32 (23 photocopied pages). Call No.: E511.4M353.1894. (Doble served as a Private in Company B of the 8th Maine.)

2. Dyer, Frederick H. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Vol. 2. Dayton, OH: Morningside, 1979. Ref. See pp. 1221-22 (2 photocopied pages) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.

3. Maine. AGO. Annual Report...for the Years 1864 and 1865. Augusta, ME: Stevens & Sayward, 1866. UA43M2.1864-1865. AppD. See pp. 306-37 (16 photocopied pages) for a roster of the regiment. Although regimental rosters appear in earlier Annual Reports, that found in this edition is the most complete for the unit's wartime service.

4. Pollard, Kendall. "Early Services of the Eighth Maine." Maine Bugle I (1894): pp. 23-26 (3 photocopied pages). E511.4M352.1894. [I think this particular work, as others may be, is available at the Maine State Library.]

5. Ulmer, George T. Adventures and Reminiscences of a Volunteer: Or, a Drummer Boy from Maine. Chicago: 1892. 77 p. E601U43.

6. Whitman, William W.S. Maine in the War for the Union: A History of the Part Borne by Maine Troops. Lexington, ME: Nelson Dingley, 1865. E511W61. See pp.192-208 (9 photocopied pages) for a brief history of the regiment.

7. Wright, J. E. M. "From Petersburg to Appomattox Court House." Maine Bugle I (1894): pp. 115-23 (6 photocopied pages). E511.4M352.1894.

8. The Photo Archive at the USAMHI includes images of individuals of this unit.

9. The following pertinent personal papers are in the USAMHI's Manuscript Archive:

10. The Maine State Archives (in Augusta, Maine. Tel. 207-287-5795) has a lot on Maine units in the war.  They have tons of war photos.


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