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Mar 21, 2013 — The Derringer may have some answers!
By Leslie McCarty
Since this is the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, many people are curious to know if their ancestors took up arms during the War Between the States. Because Kentucky was a border state, many families were divided against each other. One could reason that it would not be uncommon to find a Civil War soldier when researching your genealogy. How do you know if your ancestor fought in the war? If your person fought with a Kentucky unit on the Union or Confederate side, then you could check the Kentucky Adjutant General’s Report. This is a four-volume book set, two volumes for the Union and two volumes for the Confederacy, that lists each unit and the soldiers that were in those units. It also gives a unit’s history, when the soldiers mustered in and out of service, and if they were wounded or killed. Each volume has a name index for easy use.
If you find the name and unit of your soldier, then you may be able to look at his service record. The Kentucky Room has access to limited Union and Confederate service records and Confederate pension records on microfilm. If you do not find your unit, then you may have to look at requesting records from the National Archives. You can learn about these and other records at www.archives.gov.