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Kentucky Military Records Collection, 1809-1891

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey

Title

Kentucky Military Records Collection

Date

1809-1891

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

55m1: [identification of item], Kentucky Military Records Collection, 1809-1891, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Cubic feet

2 folders

Abstract

The Kentucky Military Records Collection (dated 1809-1891; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises documents sent to the Governor of Kentucky, the Adjutant General's office, or the Secretary of State of Kentucky by various divisions of the Kentucky Militia and the Kentucky State Guard.

Biography/History

The Kentucky Militia was both the formal and informal system of military force in Kentucky. Virginians settling Kentucky in the late 1700s brought with them their militia system, organized by county with a colonel for each county. The Kentucky Militia primarily defended early settlers from Indian attacks, but also served a significant role during the War of 1812. Due to the decline in Indian wars, in 1854 the Kentucky General Assembly effectively abolished the state militia by passing a law requiring them to muster only every six years. The Kentucky Militia was replaced by the Kentucky State Guard (1860-1861 and 1878-1912). In 1912, the Kentucky State Guard was reorganized into the Kentucky National Guard.

Sources

Stone, Richard G. Kentucky Militia. In The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by John Kleber, 506-507. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1992.

Cunningham, Bill. Kentucky State Guard> In The Kentucky Encyclopedia, edited by John Kleber, 513. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1992.

Scope and Content

The Kentucky Military Records Collection (dated 1809-1891; 0.1 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises documents sent to the Governor of Kentucky, the Adjutant General's office, or the Secretary of State of Kentucky by various divisions of the Kentucky Militia and the Kentucky State Guard. The bulk of the records consist of postcards sent to the Adjutant General's office in Frankfort, Ky. between 1887 and 1891 requesting different forms of documentation, such as discharge papers, general orders, and blank forms. Additional items include meeting minutes for the 42nd Regiment of Kentucky Militia from 1809 until 1810, recommendations for military appointments, and Annual Returns for the 8th Division of the Kentucky Militia for 1831 and 1832.

Subjects

  • Kentucky. Militia.
  • Kentucky. State Guard.
  • Records
  • Kentucky--History--War of 1812.
  • Military appointments
  • Minutes and proceedings.

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Records, 1809-1891
[Box: VF-11, Folder: 1, Box: OVF-14, Folder: 1]

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