1st Regiment, Kentucky Veteran Cavalry (Wolford's Cavalry) (Union)
The veterans and recruits of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry, comprising Companies A, B, C, not being sufficient to constitute a regimental organization, were ordered to be consolidated with the 6th Kentucky Veteran Cavalry, which however, was never effected. The command performed garrison duty, for some time, at Camp Nelson, and was moved from there to Albany, on the Tennessee border, where it remained until mustered out. These veterans and recruits were true soldiers, and at all times, performed the duties assigned by the command—known throughout the western army as “Wolford’s Cavalry.”
For more information on the history of this unit, see:
The Civil War Archive section,
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A- Lebanon, Marion County; Danville, Boyle County; Somerset, Pulaski County; Camp Nielson, Glasgow, Barren County; and Bardstown, Nelson County.
Company B - Many men mustered in from Knoxville, Pendleton County; Somerset, Pulaski County; Danville, Boyle County and Camp Dick Robinson, Garrard County.
Company C - Many men mustered in from Knoxville, Pendleton County; Somerset, Pulaski County; Jamestown, Russell County and Danville, Boyle County.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Kentucky in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
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