ordered to the ‘Department of the South,’ the regiment was transferred to the Second Brigade, Fifth Division, under command of Colonel James Jourdan
On Jan. 25, 1863, the regiment changed camp from ‘Fair Grounds’ to Fort Totten
. Companies G and H were detached for duty at that place.
Through the month of February, garrison duty was performed at Roanoke Island
, rebel salt-works destroyed, and guerillas captured near Carrituck Sound; and on the 25th, a review of all the troops taking place at Newbern
, the Eighth received the credit of being one of the best regiments in the department for soldierly bearing and deportment.
Nothing of importance occurring during the month of March, the regiment formed a part of an expedition on April 8, under command of Brigadier-General Spinola
, to reinforce General Foster
, at Washington, N. C.
; met and engaged the enemy at Blount's Creek
April 16.—The regiment formed part of an expedition under command of General Prince
; left Newbern
for the purpose of reconnoitring in the vicinity of the outposts of the enemy; remained six days, and took a number of prisoners.
During May, the regiment was encamped; and, on June 24, embarked on transports for Fortress Monroe
, arriving on the 27th; the next day were ordered to Boston, Mass.
, to be mustered out of service; which order was countermanded.
On the 30th, were ordered to Baltimore, Md.
, to report to Major-General Schenck
, as there were fears of an attack on that city by the enemy.
On July 1, it was assigned to the brigade under command of Brigadier-General Briggs
; and proceeded to Sandy Hook
, and took up the line of march to Maryland Heights
, where, after a dismal and tedious march in pitchy darkness, up rugged heights, it finally reached the destination, took possession of Fort Duncan
, and raised the Stars and Stripes where they could be seen by the enemy at break of day. It remained here until the 12th, when the brigade again marched, to reinforce the Army of the Potomac at Funkstown
Remaining with the army during its movement to the Rappahannock
, on the 26th it was ordered