Veterans of the 8th Virginia regiment are buried in multiple states stretching from Virginia to Arkansas and from Pennsylvania to Georgia. No marker or even burial site is known for most of them. Properly cut and engraved stone markers were unaffordable for many veterans' families. The government did not provide veterans' markers until after the Civil War. Many were likely buried under wooden markers that lasted a few decades at best. Other graves were marked with roughly etched fieldstones. Many headstones were made of porous sandstone or marble and have eroded and broken over time. Consequently, very few original headstones survive. Descendants, communities, and patriotic societies have been quick to replace fallen and broken stones, sometimes removing the originals from the site. Some replacement stones contain erroneous information and a few have even been placed on the wrong graves. Most of the markers in place today are government-issued veterans' markers. The older style featuring a recessed shield was for many decades reserved for veterans of wars before World War I. The plainer style familiar from Arlington and Normandy was designated for veterans of World War I and later. The recessed shield style fell out of use for a time but has been brought back and is arguably still the proper style for Revolutionary graves.
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6/25/2022 07:00:13 pm
John Cook Born about 1752, Died 1832 Was also apart of this regiment. He is listed as a soldier at the battle of Point Pleasant. He was apart of Captain Thomas Buford's Company
8/17/2022 10:30:47 pm
I believe you are correct about John Cook. Ne also served in the American Revolution under Col. Wood's regiment from Jan 1777 to 1779. He was at the battle of Monmouth as well as Stoney Point.
Frederic C. Detwiller
2/16/2023 11:49:19 am
I was very interested in the grave sites of the 8th VA Regt. including then Capt. William Darke whose picquet began the Battle of the Short Hills, in New Jersey on June 26, 1777. I trust you have already seen his portrait at the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts. The Americans under Morgan were alerted by a "Negroe lad fetching water for an officer...." I wonder if you have any record of the servants of the officers. Another officer present was apparently Capt. James Craig who in 1776 was appointed ensign in Capt. James Knox's company. He was detached with Knox to Morgan's Rifle Battalion in 1777 according to your info.
2/16/2023 11:26:57 pm
There are letters in George Washington papers about early 8th
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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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