8th New York  Cavalry Regiment

8th New York Cavalry Regiment


The regiment left the State November 29 1861 and served in the defenses of Washington D. C. from December 1861 in the Department of the Shenandoah from March 1862 in the Middle Department 8th Corps from June 1862 in the 5th Brigade Pleasanton's Division of Cavalry Army of the Potomac mounted from August 1862 in the 1st Brigade same division from December 1862 in the 1st Brigade 1st Division Cavalry Corps Army of the Potomac from February 1863 in the 2d Brigade 3d Division Cavalry Army of the Potomac from March 1864 in the Army of the Shenandoah from October 1864 and with the Army of the Potomac from March 1865. The regiment commanded by Col. Edmund M. Pope was mustered out and honorably discharged June 27 1865 at Alexandria Va. having lost by death during its service killed in action 8 officers 60 enlisted men died of wounds received in action 5 officers 32 enlisted men died of disease and other causes 6 officers 213 enlisted men total 19 officers 305 enlisted men aggregate 324 of whom 3 officers and 70 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.

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    8th New York Cavalry Regiment "Rochester Regiment"

    The 8th New York Cavalry Regiment lost 14 officers and 91 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 5 officers and 200 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.


    Organized at Rochester, N.Y.

    November 23

    Mustered in

    November 28-30

    Moved to Washington, D.C. for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D.C. attached to Cavalry Brigade, Army of the Potomac



    Attached to Cavalry Brigade, Banks' 5th Corps


    Attached to Hatch's Cavalry Brigade, Department of the Shenandoah

    May 15-June 17

    Operations in the Shenandoah Valley attached to Railroad Brigade, 8th Corps, Middle Department

    May 24


    May 24-25

    Retreat to Williamsport

    May 25

    Battle of Winchester

    May 25

    Stevenson's Station

    May 28-30

    Harper's Ferry

    September 4

    Near Charlestown

    September 8

    Summit Point

    September 12-15

    Siege of Harper's Ferry

    September 15

    Near Williamsport and Greencastle


    Attached to 4th Brigade, Pleasanton's Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac

    September 16-17

    Antietam, Md.

    September 20

    Near Shephardstown

    October 27

    Snicker's Gap


    Attached to 1st Cavalry Brigade, Right Grand Division, Army of the Potomac

    November 1-2


    November 2-3

    Union and Bloomfield

    November 5-6

    Barbee's Cross Roads, Chester Gap and Markham

    November 7

    Waterloo Bridge

    November 10

    Corbin's Cross Roads near Amissville

    November 14


    November 20


    December 12-15


    December 30-31

    Near Warrenton


    January 4


    February 9



    Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac

    February 11

    Belle Plains

    March 2

    Near Dumfries

    March 4

    Independence Hill, Prince William County

    March 29

    Near Dumfries

    April 1

    Beverly Ford

    April 15

    Beverly Ford, Freeman's Ford and Hazel Run

    April 27-May 8

    Stoneman's Raid

    April 29

    Kelly's Ford

    April 30


    May 1

    Rapidan Station

    May 2

    Ely's Ford

    May 4

    Rapidan Bridge

    June 9

    Brandy Station and Beverly Ford

    June 17


    June 20

    Ashby's Gap

    June 21


    June 23


    June 27

    Near Middleburg and Upperville

    June 30

    Fairfield, Pa.,

    July 1-3


    The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William L. Markell. It brought 623 men to the field and lost 3 killed, 10 wounded and 21 missing.

    From the monument:

    "Pickets of this regiment were attacked around 5 a.m., July 1, 1863, by the advanced skirmishers of Heth's Confederate Division. The regiment engaged the enemy west of Seminary Ridge, with the brigade stubbornly contesting the ground against great odds until about 10:30 a.m., when it was relieved by the advance regiments of the 1st Corps."

    July 6

    Williamsport and Funkstown

    July 8


    July 9

    Benevola or Beaver Creek

    July 10-13


    July 14

    Falling Waters

    July 21-22

    Chester Gap

    July 23

    Wapping Heights

    July 25

    Barber's Cross Roads

    July 31-August 1

    Kelly's Ford

    August 1, 4 and 10

    Brandy Station

    September 13-17

    Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan

    September 13

    Culpeper Court House

    September 14-15

    Rapidan Station

    September 19

    Raccoon Ford

    September 21-23

    Reconnaissance across the Rapidan

    September 22

    Jack's Shop, Madison Court House

    October 1

    Germania Ford

    October 9-22

    Bristoe Campaign

    October 10

    Germania, Raccoon and Morton's Fords

    October 11

    Stevensburg and near Kelly's Station

    October 12

    Brandy Station

    October 15

    Oak Hill

    October 17-18

    Hunter's Ford

    October 24-26


    October 27

    Snicker's Gap

    November 7-8

    Advance to line of the Rappahannock

    November 8

    Muddy Run

    November 26-December 2

    Mine Run Campaign

    November 27

    Locust Grove

    November 29

    Parker's Store


    February 6-7

    Demonstration on the Rapidan, Morton's Ford

    March 4

    James City


    Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac


    Rapidan Campaign

    May 5

    Craig's Meeting House

    May 5-7


    May 7

    The Furnaces

    May 8

    Alsop's Farm, Spottsylvania

    May 9-24

    Sheridan's Raid to James River

    May 9-10

    North Anna River

    May 11

    Ground Squirrel Church and Yellow Tavern

    May 12

    Fortifications of Richmond and Meadow Bridge

    May 26-28

    On line of the Pamunkey

    May 26

    Demonstration on Little Creek

    May 28-31


    May 30

    Mechump's Creek

    May 31

    Hanover Court House

    June 1-12

    Cold Harbor

    June 2

    Gaines Mill, Totopotomoy and Salem Church and Sumner's Upper Bridge

    June 3

    Haw's Shop

    June 10-11

    Old Church

    June 12

    Riddell's Shop and Long Bridge

    June 13

    White Oak Swamp

    June 14

    Near Harrison's Landing

    June 15

    St. Mary's Church and Malvern Hill

    June 17-July 30

    Before Petersburg

    June 22-30

    Wilson's Raid on South Side & Danville Railroad

    June 22

    Ream's Station

    June 23

    Black and White Station and Nottawny Court House

    June 25

    Staunton Bridge and Roanoke Station

    June 27

    Columbia Grove

    June 28

    Sappony Church or Stony Creek

    June 29

    Ream's Station

    August 7-November 28

    Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, Middle Military Division

    August 17


    August 21

    Charlestown Summit Point

    August 23


    August 25


    September 3


    September 7

    Near Brucetown and near Winchester

    September 13

    Locke's Ford

    September 16

    Snicker's Gap

    September 19

    Battle of Opequan, Winchester

    September 20

    Near Cedarville

    September 21

    Front Royal Pike

    September 22


    September 25


    September 26


    September 29


    September 30

    Mr. Crawford

    October 7

    Columbia Furnace

    October 8-9

    Tom's Brook, "Woodstock Races"

    October 9

    Mr. Olive

    October 19

    Battle of Cedar Creek

    November 10

    Near Kernstown

    November 12

    Newtown and Middle Road, Cedar Creek

    November 22

    Rude's Hill, near Mt. Jackson

    December 19-22

    Expedition to Lacy Springs

    December 21

    Lacy Springs


    February 4-6

    Expedition from Winchester to Moorefield, W. Va.

    February 27-
    March 25,

    Sheridan's Raid from Winchester

    March 2


    March 3

    Occupation of Charlottesville

    March 13

    Beaver Dam Station

    March 28-April 9

    Appomattox Campaign

    March 30-31

    Dinwiddie Court House

    April 1

    Five Forks

    April 2

    Fall of Petersburg

    April 3

    Namozine Church

    April 4


    April 6

    Sailor's Creek

    April 8

    Appomattox Station

    April 9

    Appomattox Court House. Surrender of Lee and his army.

    April 23-29

    Expedition to Danville


    March to Washington, D.C.

    May 23

    Grand Review

    June 27

    Mustered out and honorably discharged from service.

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