8th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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8th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry
Flag of New York (1778-1901).svg
Active April 23, 1861 to April 23, 1863
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Great Falls
First Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Cross Keys
Battle of New Market
Battle of Rappahannock Station I
Second Battle of Bull Run

The 8th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was also known as the First German Rifles or Blenker's Rifles.


The regiment was organized in New York City and was mustered in for a two-year enlistment on April 23, 1861.

The regiment was mustered out of service on April 23, 1863. Men who chose to re-enlist were assigned to the 68th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.


The regiment suffered 103 fatalities.


See also[edit]


  • Phisterer, Frederick (1912). New York in the War of the Rebellion. Albany: J.B. Lyon Co. 
  • The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldier. Madison, Wisc.: Federal Pub. Co. 1908. 

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