8th New York Infantry | Regimental History

"BLENKER'S 1ST GERMAN RIFLES." All information on this page is from Dyer's reference. More detailed intro coming soon. If inforamation on this regiment is known, please contact me. All contributors will get acknowledged and linked to if applicable.


  • Organized at New York City and mustered in April 23, 1861.
  • Left State for Washington, D.C., May 26.
  • Attached to Blenker's Brigade, Miles' Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, June to August, 1861.
  • Blenker's Brigade.
  • Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861.
  • Blenker's Brigade, Hooker's Division, Army of the Potomac, to January, 1862.
  • Stahl's Brigade, Blenker's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862 1st Brigade, Blenker's Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1862.
  • 1st Brigade, Blenker's Division, Dept. of the Mountains, to June, 1862.
  • 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, to September, 1862.
  • 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863.


  • Duty in the Defences of Washington, D. C., till July 16, 1861.
  • Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21.
  • Battle of Bull Run July 21.
  • Duty in the Defences of Washington till April, 1862.
  • Operations in the Shenandoah Valley May to August.
  • Battle of Cross Keys June 8.
  • Duty at Sperryville and Centreville till August.
  • Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2.
  • Fords of the Rappahannock August 21-23.
  • Gainesville August 28.
  • Groveton August 29.
  • 2nd Bull Run August 30.
  • Duty in the Defences of Washington, D.C., till December.
  • Reconnoissance to Snicker's Ferry and Berryville November 28-30.
  • March to Fredericksburg, Va., December 10-16.
  • "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863.
  • Duty at Brook's Station till April.
  • Mustered out April 23, 1863, expiration of term.
  • Three years' men consolidated to a Company April 22, 1863, and transferred to 68th Regiment New York Infantry May 5, 1863.


  • Regiment lost during service 90 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 42 Enlisted men by disease. Total 133.