8th Illinois  Cavalry Regiment

8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment


The 8th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment served the duration of the war, and was the only cavalry regiment to serve the entire war in the Army of the Potomac. They also aided in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and served as President Lincoln's honor guard while he lay in state under the rotunda. Lincoln gave them the nickname of "Farnsworth's Abolitionist Regiment" when he watched them march past the White House.

8th Illinois Cavalry Regiment 1861-1862


    September 18

    Organized at St. Charles, Ills., and mustered in

    October 13-17

    Moved to Washington, D.C.; At Meridian Hill

    December 17

    Attached to Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac; at Alexandria, Va.



    Attached to Cavalry, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

    March 10-19

    Advance on Manassas, Va.

    March 20

    Reconnaissance to Gainesville

    March 28-29

    Operations on the Orange and Alexandria R. R.

    March 28

    Warrenton Junction, Bealeton Station

    March 29

    Rappahannock Station

    April 2

    Reconnaissance to the Rappahannock

    April 23-May 1

    Moved to the Peninsula, Virginia; Attached to Stoneman's Light Brigade

    May 4

    Near Williamsburg

    May 5

    Battle of Williamsburg

    May 23-24


    May 31-June 1

    Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines


    Attached to Averill's Cavalry Brigade, 5th Army Corps

    June 25-July 1

    Seven days before Richmond

    June 25

    Ashland (Detachment)

    June 26

    Mechanicsville, Atlee's Station and near Hanover Court House

    June 26-27

    Hundley's Corners

    June 27

    Garnett's Farm and Gaines' Mill

    June 28

    Despatch Station (Companies E and K)

    June 29

    Savage Station

    June 30

    White Oak Swamp and Glendale

    July 1

    Malvern Hill


    Attached to 2nd Brigade, Stoneman's Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac

    July 4

    Reconnaissance from Harrison's Landing; At Harrison's Landing

    July 5

    Malvern Hill

    July 20-22

    Expedition to Malvern Hill

    August 5

    Malvern Hill

    August 16-23

    Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Alexandria


    Attached to 1st Brigade, Pleasanton's Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac

    September 3-4

    Falls Church

    September 7-8

    Poolesville, Md.

    September 9


    September 9

    Monocacy Church and Nolansville

    September 10


    September 11-12

    Sugar Loaf Mountain

    September 12


    September 13

    Middletown and Catoctin Mountain

    September 14

    South Mountain

    September 15


    September 16-17


    September 19

    Shephardstown Ford

    October 1

    Reconnaissance from Sharpsburg to Shepardstown, W. Va.

    October 1


    October 9-12

    Pursuit of Stuart into Pennsylvania

    October 12

    Mouth of Monocacy

    October 16-17

    Sharpsburg and Hagerstown Pike

    October 29

    Purcellsville and near Upperville (Detachment)

    October 31


    November 1-2


    November 2-3


    November 3


    November 5-6

    Barber's Cross Roads, Chester Gap and Markham

    November 7


    November 8

    Little Washington

    November 10

    Markham Station and Barber's Cross Roads

    December 12-15

    Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.

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