8th Infantry Regiment

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8th Infantry Regiment State Troops completed its organization at Camp Macon, near Warrenton, North Carolina, in September, 1861. Its members were from the counties of Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Currituck, Edgecombe, New Hanover, Franklin, Granville, Cumberland, Chatham, Harnett, Warren, Rowan, Greene, and Alamance. Sent to the coast, it was captured in the Battle of Roanoke Island . After being exchanged it was assigned to General Clingman's, Hoke's, then returned to Clingman's Brigade. The 8th fought at Goldsboro, moved to Wilmington, and on February 16, 1863, was ordered to Charleston, South Carolina. Here it took an active part in various conflicts, including the fight at Battery Wagner. Later it participated in the engagements at Plymouth, Drewry's Bluff, and Cold Harbor, and endured the long Petersburg siege south and north of the James River. During December, 1864, the unit was ordered to North Carolina and in March, 1865, saw action at Bentonville. It had 568 officers and men at Roanoke Island, sustained 9 casualties at Goldsboro, and during the Charleston siege had 4 killed and 43 wounded of the 393 engaged. The regiment lost 26 killed and 101 wounded at Plymouth, and of the 175 in action at Fort Harrison, eighty-five percent were disabled. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered. The field officers were Colonels Henry M. Shaw and James M. Witson; Lieutenant Colonels Rufus A. Barrier, James W. Hinton, John R. Murchison, William J. Price, and George Williamson; and Majors Henry McRae, Andrew J. Rogers, and Edward C. Yellowley.

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