The 8th Infantry Regiment was organized in the spring of 1861. Early in June, the unit was ordered to Virginia, assigned to F.S. Barlow’s Brigade, and fought at First Manassas. The 8th was involved in the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor. The unit participated in the Petersburg Siege and later the Appomattox Campaign. It lost more than 50 percent of the 312 men engaged at Gettysburg. At its surrender, it had 14 officers and 139 men.
D.L. Buttolph writes to his cousin Private J. Dunwodie Jones of the 8th Co. A in Manassas, VA. Buttolph writes from Arcadia, [possibly Virgina] March 9th, 1862, 4 pp, 6 1/2 x 8.
“...We often think and speak of you & try to [see] you at the throne of grace, beseeching our Heavenly Father to preserve you from sickness & to cover your head in the day of battle & above all to prepare you for living & dying.
“We are rejoiced to hear that you passed through the fight at Manassas with so little harm & that you behaved so gallantly on the field.
“We had no fear respecting your courage for we know what blood flows in your veins.
“You have doubtless heard of the successes...along our coast & in our rivers.
“Daniel is pretty much deserter, tho I believe the enemy has not yet come up to the place.
“Some of the inhabitants are in Liberty, others have been scattered thru different portions of the state.
“We left Colonels Island last November & have been staying at Arcadia this winter.
“We expect to spend the summer at Laylors Creek, a few miles above Flemington...
“Our army at the West has met with some sad services & the future looks dark...However, we trust in a kind provider to bring us thru these great troubles. If we are true to the cause, we never will be conquered tho we may have to suffer much...
“The Liberty troop has been stationed at Richboro since November with scouts at Lounsbury & on Ceol Island.
“Their term of enlistment will be up in a few days, but they will all or nearly all reenlist after reorganizing the company...
Folds. Small piece missing at the top affecting very little. Cover, addressed to Jones, is in poor condition but carries Jones’ full army address.
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