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Kentucky Orphan Brigade

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See Category: First Brigade, Kentucky (Orphan Brigade) (Confederate), United States Civil Warthe category for profiles of men of the unit.

First Brigade, Kentucky (Orphan Brigade)



Flag of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade
Excerpt from: Kentucky Orphan Brigade in Essential Civil War Curriculum (see source)
No Kentucky commands that fought in the Civil War, save for Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry, were more well-known and well-respected than those that formed the First Kentucky Brigade, or, as it was affectionately known, the Orphan Brigade. The brigade was composed of the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 9th Kentucky Infantry regiments and Cobb’s, Byrne’s and Graves’s batteries of artillery, and, at times, the 3rd Kentucky Infantry and the 5th Kentucky Infantry. The Orphans campaigned over more territory (8 states), suffered higher casualties, and lost more brigade commanders than any other comparable unit in the war. And as if those trials were not enough, after February 1862 the brigade was never able to return to Kentucky to fight for its native state; instead, it fought the entire war far from home. A November 1862 circular prophesied:
“However this war may terminate, if a man can truthfully claim to have been a worthy member of the Kentucky Brigade he will have a kind of title of nobility."

Original Units of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade

Other Units that joined the Orphan Brigade

Formally in but not directly serving with

  • 1st Kentucky Cavalry, organized at Bowling Green 1861


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