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8th Illinois Cavalry (USA), US Civil War

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  • Lewis Knox (1842 - 1906)
    OBITUARY: LEWIS KNOX , one of the oldest citizens of Morrison, passed away Friday at his home, aged about sixty-four years. He was the youngest child of James and Ann Knox and was born in what is now M...
  • Truman M. Hawley (c.1845 - 1904)
    Name HAWLEY, TRUMAN M Rank PVT Company C Unit 8 IL US CAV Personal Characteristics Residence MORRISON, WHITESIDE CO, IL Age 19 Height 5' 8 1/2 Hair LIGHT Eyes GRAY Complexion ...
  • Ezra F. Sands (1839 - 1863)
    the fourth son, was born March 9, 1839, in Yates Co., N.Y.; he was six years of age when his parents removed to Whiteside County, where he grew to manhood; he was 22 when the Civil War made it necessar...

The 8th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry was a cavalry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The regiment served the duration of the war, and was the only cavalry regiment to serve the entire war in the Army of the Potomac. They also aided in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and served as President Lincoln's honor guard while he lay in state under the rotunda. Lincoln gave them the nickname of "Farnsworth's Abolitionist Regiment" when he watched them march past the White House.


  • Battle of Williamsburg
  • Battle of Fair Oaks
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Fredericksburg
  • Stoneman's Raid
  • Battle of Brandy Station
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Battle of Monocacy
  • Battle of Opequon