Kentucky


United we stand, divided we fall
Kentucky was a key border state during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln stated, “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game … We would as well consent to separation at once, including the surrender of the Capital”. Kentucky was the site of fierce battles such as Mill Springs and Perryville. It was the host to such military leaders as Ulysses S. Grant and the birthplace of Jefferson Davis.

Pvt. Absalom Scott

SCV Camp 1708
Scottsdale, AZ

Pvt. Scott became a member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment when it was was organized during July 1861, at Camp Boone, Tennessee. Many of the men had previous service in the Kentucky State Guard.

The unit took an active part in the Battle of Shiloh and reported 174 casualties. Later it was assigned to Rust’s and Buford’s Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It lost 26 men at Baton Rouge then participated in various conflicts around Vicksburg and Jackson. During the spring of 1864 the regiment was mounted and continued the fight by confronting the Federals in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. It was included in the surrender on May 4, 1865.

The field officers were Colonels Gustavus A.C. Holt, Albert P. Thompson, and Lloyd Tilghman; Lieutenant Colonels Benjamin Anderson, T.T. Barnett, and Alfred Johnston; and Majors James H. Bowman, William P. Johnston, and Al. McGoodwin.

Pvt. Benjamin Hopkins

By SCV Camp 1708, Scottsdale AZ

Pvt. Benjamin Hopkins joined the 4th Cavalry Regiment that was formed at Salyersville, Kentucky, in October, 1862. The unit served in the Department of East Tennessee and later in the Department of Western Virginia and East Tennessee.

It was involved in numerous conflicts in Tennessee and Kentucky, then during October, 1864, skirmished in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. During the spring of 1865 it disbanded.

The field officers were Colonel Henry L. Giltner, Lieutenant Colonel Moses T. Pryor, and Major Nathan Parker.

Pvt. Hugh Bell

By Kent Worley

The 7th Infantry Regiment was assembled in September, 1861, at Camp Burnett, near Clinton, Kentucky, with men from the western section of the state.

Plan de Baton Rouge en 1862

Plan de Baton Rouge en 1862

Pvt. Hugh Bell eagerly joined the unit when the War Between the States Broke out. This regiment reported 14 casualties at Baton Rouge, then was assigned to Rust’s and Buford’s Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It was active in various conflicts around Vicksburg and Jackson and during the spring of 1864 was mounted and attached to General Lyon’s Brigade in Forrest’s Corps.

The unit saw action in the expedition from Memphis into Mississippi, June 1 – 13, and reported 39 casualties. During July there were 73 disabled at Harrisburg. Later it skirmished in Alabama and surrendered on May 4, 1865.

The field officers were Colonels Edward Crossland and Charles Wickliffe, Lieutenant Colonels William D. Lannom and L.J. Sherrill, and Majors H.S.Hale and W.J.N. Welborn.

After being paroled, Pvt. Bell soberly returned home and resumed the duties of his farm and family.

Private J.T. Worley

By Kent Worley

Private J.T. Worley answered the call of the South when the trumpet sounded.

His battalion was formed September, 1862, using Gano’s Texas Cavalry Battalion as it’s nucleus. The unit skirmished in Tennessee and Kentucky, the fought with J.H. Morgan.

Most of its men were captured at Buffington Island on July 19, and the rest at New Lisbon on July 26, 1863. The regiment was not reorganized. Colonel Richard M. Gano, Lieutenant J.M. Huffman, and Major Theophilus Steele were in command.