Kentucky Union Muster Records

All kinds of bigtime KUDOS to the Allen County Indiana Public Library for scanning in Kentucky’s Union Civil War muster records!  Why in the world they did Kentucky and not Indiana I don’t know and maybe they did…really need to find them if they did. :/ It takes some work to effectively BROWSE the records but I’m not going to… (more…)

Continuing the Lewis Stivers saga…

Previously, I talked about the execution of Lewis Stivers for the murder of James Cundiff both from the 7th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.  Some of the military questions remain such as why didn’t the Sergeant or Corporal of the Guard stop Stivers from retrieving his weapon.  One of the social questions that I have had on this hasn’t been answered…until possible… (more…)

On this day 150 years ago…

The election of President Lincoln in 1860 shook the country to its foundations.  All of us are aware of the interstate struggle that had been going on for several years regarding the admission and status of states to the growing Union.  As early as a month after the election of 1860, John Bell of Tennessee had this to say about… (more…)

So ya think Lincoln was tall?

So goes the story right?  President Abraham Lincoln was a towering man of 6’4″ inches in his barefeet.  Well, my wife’s Great-Great Grandfather has him by 3 inches. I give you the Descriptive Roll card for Sergeant Walker Garland Routt, Company K, 19th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. During the Civil War, if you were literate there was a very high likelihood… (more…)

4th of July 1862 – Cumberland Gap

God Bless America. Cumberland Gap July 4th 1862 My Dear Wife & Children I have written to you every few days since I arrived at this place.  I wrote you a letter day before yesterday and sent it by Alford Wilson.  I also sent you my Likeness by him Also.  My health is fine so is the health of the… (more…)

The Great 7th Kentucky Hogchase!

First alittle background. Yesterday while moving the Quartermaster, EW read us a bit from a book by William C Davis(title escapes me at the moment). The bit spoke of several members of the 7th KY and some other regiments who decided to take a little swim off of the steamer Tecumseh. Mr. Davis told the tale that they went after… (more…)

James Estepp saves a young woman from drowning

There’s a family story in the central Kentucky Estepp clan that claims James Tinsley ESTEPP rescued a woman from drowning the in the Kentucky river.  No one knew the name of the woman or the circumstances…until yesterday.  Click the clipping below for the full story from the Mt. Sterling Advocate from 6 MAY 1908: The young woman’s name was Fannie… (more…)

Mutiny in Company D, 7th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry

I have a muster record for Private Harry Francis claiming: JAN_FEB_64   absent, under arrest 2/5/64, reduced to ranks from 1st Corp I am puzzled as to what else may have happened on February 5th, 1864.  If anyone has any clues, please drop me a comment here.  While I wait, I’ll try to see if anyone else in the regiment had… (more…)

August 20, 1862 – The Day the FUN began

Many regiments can point to a particular day in their lives where the “Fun” began. Whether that was an important battle, the day their Colonel was killed/promoted/both, or the day they got their Regimental Colors…they all have “that day”. The 7th Kentucky is no different and I would say that this day isn’t the day some of you folks might… (more…)

Murder of James Cundiff and Execution of Lewis Stivers

I just found something on this and thought I should move my other references, scattered across several blogs, to this space.  So…here we go. 😉 During the first week of the 1862 Federal retreat from Cumberland Gap there was an incident at Manchester that has been shrouded in some mystery until today. We have known that Private Lewis Stivers of… (more…)