Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor. No, this isn’t a National Park Service commercial. It is a list of the major engagements of which the “Fighting Fools” of the 8th Ohio Infantry took part. Now, the vast majority of my ancestors were Confederates who fought in the Western Theater. (And two Federal ancestors who did as well.) But I do have a handful of ancestors (three Confederate and two Federal) who fought in the, “gasp”, Eastern Theater!
My two “Yankee” ancestors weren’t true Yankees I suppose because they were immigrants. When the war began, they enlisted in the 8th Ohio Infantry for 90 days. Once their enlistments expired, they reenlisted for three years. After the three years were up, one of them went home and his brother joined the 4th Ohio Battalion for the duration of the war.
The 8th Ohio was part of the “Gibraltar Brigade” and their exploits at Antietam and Gettysburg earned them the respect of friend and foe alike. There are some good references available for them online. Check them out if you are interested. Click here for a really good list of sources or here for some more!
You know, if I had to have ancestors fighting in that little sideshow in the East, the 8th Ohio is a good regiment for them to have belonged.
My name is Lee Hutch and I am a Civil War Addict.
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