EIGHTH REGIMENT INFANTRY (U.S. COLORED TROOPS)
COLONEL JOHN W. FULLER
“This regiment was ready for the field in December, 1863, and left Philadelphia for Hilton Head S.C., on January 16th, 1864, from which point it was ordered to Jacksonville, Fla. At the battle of Olustee, a point about fifty miles westward from that city, on February 20th the “8th” met with disastrous losses. Among the wounded was Capt. (afterward Lieut-Col.) George E. Wagner, brother of Gen. Louis Wagner. After several months of further campaigning in Florida the regiment was sent to the Tenth Corps, operating in front of Richmond and Petersburg. The “8th” was engaged in the battle of Chaffin’s Farm (Fort Harrison), Darbytown Road and the second Fair Oaks. After wintering in the trenches before Richmond the regiment participated in the final struggle around Petersburg, and was present at the scene of the surrender at Appomattox.” http://www.ibiscom.com/appomatx.htm
“After several weeks of duty t Petersburg the “8th” was sent by transport to Texas, serving there until November. The regiment was mustered out on the 10th, and finally discharged at Philadelphia December 12th, 1865.”
Killed or mortally wounded officers, 4; men, 115
Died of disease officers, men, 132
Wounded, not mortally men, 245
Captured or missing men, 72
Olustee, Bremuda Hundred, Chafin’s Farm, Darbytown Road, siege of Petersburg, Hatcher’s Run, fall of Petersburg, pusuit of Lee, Appomattox Court House.
NOTE: This regiment is included in the well-known and oft quoted list of “Three Hundred Fighting Regiments: - Chapter X – William F. Fox, Lt. Col., U.S.V.
William F. Fox - REGIMENTAL LOSSES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 - 595pp - errata sheet - one of the most relied upon CW reference books - source of Three Hundred Fighting Regiments - complete lists of all regiments & batteries in Union Army with losses - added chapter lists casualties in Confederate regiments - a must for the serious enthusiast - a Morningside reprint is available.
Richmond, Siege of
a. Story http://www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/battles/va075.htm
b.Map of Richmond battlefields area
Letter of Rufus Jones, click here.