8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment Monument
This is a monument and two additional markers dedicated to the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry (the Kansas Greyhounds) of the American Civil War. These memorials are located inside the Chickamauga National Military Park in Oglethorpe, Georgia. They celebrate the memory of a exceptionally brave, dedicated and disciplined regiment of civil war history.
Backstory and Context
The 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry was known for its intense discipline, courage, and patriotism. Of which, remained unbroken from very early in the war, until the last shots of the war were fired, not only impressive because of their many trials and tribulations, but also because they were a relatively small regiment, never far above the minimum requirement. The 8th Kansas Infantry traveled a staggering ten thousand seven hundred and fifty miles over the course of the war and fought in fifteen battles and eighteen skirmishes. They suffered defeats, deaths from disease, and brutal winters, but stayed dedicated.1
The monuments were created to honor the memories of a particularly extraordinary regiment of the civil war. They, like many others, suffered great losses both morally and physically during the war, as well as traveled more miles than any other Kansas outfit.3 Despite this the Kansas 8th Infantry maintained its status as an exemplary military outfit even through the end of the war. The 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Memorial is a beautiful monument in a gorgeous national park dedicated to an incredible group of soldiers.