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8th Connecticut Regiment
Active 1776-1781
Allegiance Continental Congress of the United States
Type Infantry
Part of Connecticut Line
Engagements Monmouth

The 8th Connecticut Regiment also known as 17th Continental Regiment was raised on September 16, 1776 at Danbury, Connecticut. The regiment would see action in the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment was merged into the 1st Connecticut Regiment on January 1, 1781 at West Point, New York and disbanded on November 15, 1783. Joseph Plumb Martin served in this regiment from 1777 until he was assigned to the Light Infantry in 1778(and the Corps of Sappers and Miners in 1780).[1] He published his memoirs about his experiences in 1830.


  1. Martin, Joseph Plumb (attributed), A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Interspersed with Anecdotes of Incidents that Occurred within His Own Observation, 1830. In notes to the edition of 1962 edited by George F. Scheer under the title "Private Yankee Doodle," Scheer gives Martin's date of enlistment with this regiment as April 12, 1777. Martin had earlier served with Connecticut state troops in and around New York in 1776.

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