4th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)

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Brief History

The 4th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry organized at Louisville, Kentucky, December 24, 1861 under Colonel Jesse Bayles.  The 4th was among the first to veteranize, by re-enlisting for 3 years. They were engaged in over fifty battles. In one battle 97 men were killed, and prisoners of war were taken. The regiment had Duty at Macon and in the Department of Georgia until August and mustered out August 21, 1865.[1]

For more information on the history of this unit, see;

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.

The records for this Regiment's Companies are from the book, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Vol. 1-1861-1866.[2]


The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,175 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • 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).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Kentucky in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Kentucky, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • De Moss, John C. A short history of the soldier-life, capture and death of William Francis Corbin. (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), FHL fiche 6082408

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010), and Kentucky. Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Vol. 1, 1861-1866, (Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Yeoman Office, 1866), pg. 197. FHL US/CAN book 976.9 M2r
  2. Kentucky. Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Vol. 1, 1861-1866, (Frankfort, KY: Kentucky Yeoman Office, 1866), pg. 107.FHL US/CAN book 976.9 M2r