8th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Wisconsin flag
Active September 13, 1861 to September 5, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Iuka
Battle of Corinth
Siege of Vicksburg
Red River Campaign
Battle of Nashville

The 8th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry 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.

Service[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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]

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Battles[edit | edit source]

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

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