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8th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Michigan state flag
Active September 23, 1861 to June 30, 1865
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Second Battle of Bull Run
Battle of South Mountain
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
Siege of Vicksburg
Battle of the Wilderness
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Battle of Cold Harbor
Siege of Petersburg
Battle of the Crater

The 8th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 8th Michigan Infantry was organized at Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan and mustered into Federal service for a three year enlistment on September 23, 1861.

The Eight Michigan was known as the "Wandering Regiment" for its service on many fronts and its frequent reassignments between different armies and geographical areas. The regiment began its service by being assigned to General Sherman in South Carolina where he was establishing a beachhead to provide a base for the naval blockade. From there the regiment went to Virginia and was assigned to General Burnside's 9th Corps. The Eighth saw service in both the eastern and western theaters of operation. The Eighth fought in several major battles in the east, was then sent to support General Grant at Vicksburg, and finally being dispached to east Tennessee before finishing out the war with the Army of the Potomac in Virginia.

The regiment was mustered out on June 30, 1865.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 11 officers and 212 enlisted men who were killed in action or motally wounded and 3 officers and 223 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 449 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel

See also[]

  • List of Michigan Civil War Units
  • Michigan in the American Civil War


  1. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.