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First Kentucky Brigade Index of Soldiers,1861, 1865

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First Kentucky Brigade Index of Soldiers


1861, 1865


Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], First Kentucky Brigade Index of Soldiers, 1861, 1865, 97SC117,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 item; 35 cm.


The First Kentucky Brigade was part of the Confederate Army. It became known as the "Orphan Brigade" after Union troops captured Fort Donelson (1862), leaving the brigade cut off from its home state for the duration of the war. Dispite this, the Orphan Brigade distinguished itself on and off the battlefield by maintaining high morale, discipline, and effective military tactics even though they lost two brigadier generals in battle: Roger Weightman Hanson and Benjamin Hardin Helm. Regiments from the brigade fought with distinction in the Battles of Shiloh, Cornith, Vicksburg, Stone's River, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. Only about five hundred of the original four thousand ment survived to the war's end. The brigade was one of the last Confederate groups east of the Mississippi to surrender. The Kentucky Encyclopedia, p. 698-699

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an index of soldiers enlisted with the First Kentucky Brigade. This is an alphabetical index listing name, rank, company, location, home address, and Louisville address. Thereis an unexplained newsclipping pasted to the front inside cover of the index listing number, name and location, or just location. An example being "No. 34-Jos. E. Johnston."

Arrangement: Chronological.

Provenance John H. Weller; gift.


  • United States--History--Civil War (1861-1865)--Regimental histories
  • Confederate States of America--Army--Kentucky Brigade, First
  • Confederate States of America--History--Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Kentucky--militia

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