8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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8th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Flag of Wisconsin.svg
Wisconsin flag
ActiveSeptember 13, 1861, to September 5, 1865
CountryUnited States
EngagementsBattle of Iuka
Battle of Corinth
Siege of Vicksburg
Red River Campaign
Battle of Nashville

The 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 8th Wisconsin's mascot was Old Abe, a bald eagle that accompanied the regiment into battle.


The 8th Wisconsin was raised at Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered into Federal service September 13, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out on September 5, 1865, at Demopolis, Alabama.

Total enlistments and casualties[edit]

The 8th Wisconsin initially mustered 870 men and later recruited an additional 333 men, for a total of 1,203 men.[1] The regiment lost 2 officers and 53 enlisted men killed in action or who later died of their wounds, plus another 2 officers and 219 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 280 fatalities.[2]

eagle on glob with "CASE"
Jerome Case chose the eagle mascot as the trademark of Case Corporation



The 8th Wisconsin Infantry along with their mascot Old Abe The War Eagle attended numerous battles and lesser engagements during the war:[3]

Notable members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 8th Wisconsin Archived March 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Civil war Archive
  3. ^ "Old Abe the Civil War Eagle, Eau Claire County in the Civil War". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  4. ^ Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861–1862: Civil War Timeline: June 30, 1861–1862

Further reading[edit]

  • Armitage, Ambrose, and Alden R. Carter. Brother to the Eagle: The Civil War Journal of Sgt. Ambrose Armitage, 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. [Bangor, ME]: Booklocker.com, Inc, 2006. ISBN 1-60145-042-7 OCLC 123916234
  • Barrett, J. O. History of "Old Abe," The Live War Eagle of the Eighth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers. Chicago: O.L. Sewell, 1865. OCLC 8593499
  • Driggs, George W. Opening of the Mississippi: Or Two Years' Campaigning in the South-West. A Record of the Campaigns, Sieges, Actions and Marches in Which the 8th Wisconsin Volunteers Have Participated. Madison, Wis: W.J. Park & Co., printers, 1864. OCLC 1706997
  • Shumway, Francis, Ronald William Harris, and Rhonda Harris. Francis #3138: The Civil War Letters of Francis (Frank) Shumway, Company F, Eighth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861–1862. La Crosse, WI : R.W. Harris, 1995. OCLC 37682547
  • Williams, J. M. The Eagle Regiment, 8th Wis. Inf'ty. Vols. A Sketch of Its Marches, Battles and Campaigns, from 1861 to 1865 ; with a Complete Regimental and Company Roster, and a Few Portraits and Sketches of Its Officers and Commanders. Belleville, Wis: Recorder Print, 1890. OCLC 38307788

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