8th Regiment Infantry
New York Volunteers
The 8th Infantry Regiment was one of twelve New York State National Guard
infantry regiments that were federalized for service in the Spanish-American War.
The 8th Regiment began its service as an artillery battalion within the New York
State artillery brigade dating back to 1786. In 1807 the battalion was strengthened
by the addition of more troops and turned into a regiment. In 1847 the regimental
designation was changed to the 8th New York Infantry. Prior to the civil war the
regiment was called out by the state on a laundry list of occasions, performing
service during the flour riots of 1826, the stonecutter’s riot of 1835,
the great fire in New York City in 1845, the Astor Place riot of 1849, the police
riot of 1857, the dead rabbit riot of 1857, and the quarantine/Sepoy riots of
1858. The regiment’s service as peacekeepers continued with the draft riots,
the Orange riot, and the railroad riots of the 1860’s and 1870’s among
others. During the Civil War the 8th Regiment participated in the fighting at
the first Battle of Bull Run, the siege of Yorktown, and the Battle of Gettysburg.
The regiment was reorganized into a twelve-company format and mustered into service
for the Spanish-American War on May 3rd, 1898. All of the companies were organized
in New York City.
The regiment was mustered in at Camp Townsend, NY and ordered to depart on May
23rd, 1898 after almost three weeks of drill and instruction. The 8th Regiment
proceeded by train to Camp George H. Thomas at Chickamauga Park, TN arriving on
the 25th. While in Tennessee the regiment was assigned to the Third Brigade, of
the First Division, of the Third Army Corp. The regiment remained in camp during
June and July, receiving 337 new recruits during its stay. The 8th regiment left
Camp Thomas on September 5th, 1898 and returned to New York. It was mustered out
on November 3rd, 1898 never having fired a shot.
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Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of
New York for the Year of 1899. Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.
New York in the Spanish-American War 1898: Part of the
Report of the Adjutant General of the State for 1900. Vols. 1-3. Albany:
James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1900.
New York and the War with Spain: History of the Empire
State Regiments. Albany: Argus Company Printers, 1903.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
March 11, 2006