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Pursuant to General Orders No 7, Adjutant General's Office, the Eighth regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, reported at Mount Gretna at noon on Thursday, April 28, 1898, for the purpose of volunteering in the U. S. volunteer service in the war with Spain. The severely inclement weather prevented the regiment from erecting camp until Friday morning, April 29. The strength of the regiment was 43 officers and 596 enlisted men, a total of 639. In distributing the quota assigned to Pennsylvania among the several organizations that were to enter the service, recruits were to be added to each company, and the minimum fixed for the Eighth regiment was 80 men per company. On May 5, officers were detailed to proceed to the home station of each company and to secure recruits to bring the strength of each company to 80 men. Colonel Frank J. Magee, commanding the Eighth regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, was physically disqualified from entering the service of the United States Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Hoffman was commissioned as Colonel of the Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The regiment, with the exception of company "G," was Mustered In to the United States service on May 12, 1898, company a having been previously mustered on May 11th.

On May 13th, the regiment was ordered to proceed to Chickamauga, Georgia, with ten days rations. This order was countermanded on May 15th. On May 16, the regiment was ordered to proceed to Washington, D. C., with ten days rations. Rations were received on the 17th. On the morning of May 18th the regiment broke camp at Mount Gretna and arrived at Dunn Loring Station, Virginia, at 6:00 o'clock P M. The regiment disembarked, marched about three miles to a point near Falls Church, and bivouacked for the night. Thursday. May 19th, camp was erected, this regiment being the first regiment located in what afterwards became Camp Alger. The regiment was assigned to the Third Brigade, First Division, Second Army Corps. On June 6th, in accordance with orders from the War Department companies were directed to be recruited to 106 enlisted men each, and Majors Hutchison and Holmes were detailed as recruiting officers to supervise the recruitment. Governor Daniel H. Hastings, of Pennsylvania, visited Camp Alger on June 15th, and on that day the Eighth regiment and other Pennsylvania regiments located at Camp Alger were reviewed by the Governor. On June 16th, battalion of the regiment was placed on provost duty under command of Major Holmes, and remained on duty for three weeks. The First battalion under Major Hutchison participated in a practice march with the Third Brigade to the Potomac River and return on June 23rd. Brig. Gen. J. P. S. Gobin, who had commanded the Third Brigade, National Guard of Pennsylvania, of which the Eighth regiment formed apart, had been appointed a Brigadier General of United States Volunteers, and arrived in camp on June 23rd and assumed command of the Third Brigade. On July 20th the regiment was presented with a silk U. S. regulation flag by the ladies of Shippensburg, Pa. On August 30th, the regiment proceeded to Camp Meade, Middletown, Pa., arriving there in the early morning of August 31st. On October 26th, the regiment left Camp Meade and proceeded via Pennsylvania railroad to Philadelphia and participated in the Peace Jubilee in that city, returning to Camp Meade October 26th, 11:00 P. M.

Under orders from the War Department, the regiment on Sunday, November 13th, broke camp at 5:00 o'clock A. M., and at 8:30 o'clock embarked for Augusta, Georgia, proceeding via Washington, Richmond and Raleigh, through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, arriving at Augusta 2:00 A. M., November 15th, and went into Camp at Camp Mackenzie about four miles from Augusta. On January 27th, 1899, the regiment participated with the Brigade in a practice march of fifteen miles. The regiment was finally mustered out of the United States service at Camp Mackenzie on March 7th, 1899, by Captain W. Burnham, Fifth United States Infantry.

Source: Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Spanish-American War, 1898, Thomas J. Stewart, Adjutant General, 1900.

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