The soldiers of the 8th Virginia
The 8th Virginia was composed of ten companies. Each one was supposed to have 68 enlisted men led by four officers (captain, 1st lieutenant, 2nd lieutenant, and ensign). At least one overenlisted and one underenlisted. The overall regiment was commanded by three field officers (colonel, lieutenant colonel, and major) assisted by several staff officers (chaplain, adjutant, surgeon, surgeon's mate, paymaster, and quartermaster). One inherited company was composed men on 1-year enlistments that began in December of 1775. The other nine companies served 2-year enlistments, beginning in the spring of 1776 and ending at Valley Forge in the spring of 1778. An 11th company was raised to replace the 1-year men in 1777. Replacements recruited in 1777 served 3-year enlistments.
The 8th existed from December 13, 1775 when it was authorized by the Virginia Convention, to September 14, 1778 when it merged with the 4th Virginia and took that number.
I have posted an outline of the regiment's structure, listing officers and some enlisted men (when I have written about them or heard from descendants). This is not intended to be a full "roster" of the regiment, but rather a look at its structure, origins, and organization. The names of known descendants are in brackets after a soldier's name. An alphabetical lift of descendants is available on The Family Page. If you would like to be identified with your ancestor, please send an email over the web form. Your email address will be linked from your name only if you specifically request it.
Carolyn Brown Butler
12/17/2019 09:28:22 pm
I want to make certain that you have my direct ancestor, William Smith) listed as a patriot in the ARW. He marched under George Slaughter to Williamsburg and was in the Battle of Great Ridge.
12/20/2019 05:42:21 pm
Carolyn--Thanks for this. Smith's pension provides good information and proves that at least one 8th VA man served from the Atlantic to the Mississippi! I don't see, however, that is shows he was at the Battle of Great Bridge. Do you have another source for that?
5/14/2020 08:51:02 am
William Smith states in his pension that he marched to Williamsburg where they were in a skirmish from there he joined with the 8 th Va.
3/9/2020 05:11:32 am
I'd like to know how to join. I am the descendant of Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg and his brother Augustus Muhlenberg, Hienrich Schneider. Is there a active list of those who served.
10/9/2020 09:58:21 pm
Edward--Please subscribe to the 8th Virginia newsletter on the contact page. I would also love to get an email from you. Use the contact form on the same page. https://www.8thvirginia.com/contact.html
8/31/2020 11:30:55 pm
FindAGrave states that William Warren Served with the 8th Regiment of Virginia, 1776-1778. From records I have found so far, it appears he lived in Frederick County at this time, which would be Thomas Berry's company. Do you have any records listing him? DNA shows that I am descended from him.
10/9/2020 10:02:37 pm
I see a William Warren in Capt. Campbell's Company. Please send an email over the web form so we can correspond. https://www.8thvirginia.com/contact.html
12/30/2021 02:50:22 pm
Under Abel Westfall's Company there was a Pvt Joseph Wadsworth from 1776-1777. He went on to serve as a Pvt in Gen George Washington's Life Guard from 1777-1780. Records indicate that he was at Charlestown, Brandywine and Germantown, PA. I'm gathering the final documents that should prove that he is one of my patriot ancestors.
4/7/2022 05:10:55 pm
I have an ancestor by the name of captain van swearingen that served with the 8th.
4/24/2022 05:25:18 pm
I am a descendant of ROBERT LORTON. Our family history shows that he fought at the battle of Germantown where he suffered a sever wound to his leg. I would appreciate any available information that can be provided about this Revolutionary War Soldier.
4/24/2022 06:37:42 pm
Gwathmey’s “Historical Registernof avirginians in the Revolution” shows him in the 4th Virginia Regiment.
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is researching the history of the Revolutionary War's 8th Virginia Regiment. Its ten companies formed on the frontier, from the Cumberland Gap to Pittsburgh.
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