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8th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery

Selected Muster Records of Soldiers from Western Kentucky

 

Source:  National Archives and Records Administration. Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops. “8th United States Colored Heavy Artillery.” Microfilm. Washington, D.C.

Compiled by Janet K. Hawkins, 2004.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Baldwin, Willie

Birthplace:  Caldwell Co., KY

Age: 25

Height:  5’9

Physical Description:  Black hair, black eyes, dark skin

Occupation:  Farmer

Enlisted:  June 24, 1864; Paducah, Kentucky

Note:  Microfilm includes application of J.N. Blue of Marion, Crittenden Co., KY, for compensation for service of his slave, Willie Baldwin.  The form states that Blue was the lawful owner of Baldwin and “that he purchased him from James S. Baldwin in January 1860, that at the time of his purchase he received a bill of sale for said slave, which has been lost or mislaid and cannot now be filed.”  Attested by R.W. Wilson & D.N. Stinson.  Blue signed oath of allegiance to the Union on 15 January 1867.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Bennett, Enoch

Birthplace:  Crittenden Co., KY

Age: 27

Height:  5’10

Physical Description:  black hair, black eyes, dark skin

Occupation:  Farmer, Tennessee

Enlisted:  13 March 1864, Fort Donaldson

Company:  Co. E, transferred to Co. D

Bounty Due:  $300.

Mustered out at Victoria, TX

 

Soldier’s Name:  Bennett, Hiram

Birthplace:  Crittenden Co., KY

Age:  25

Height:  5’7 ½

Physical Description:  black hair, black eyes, dark skin

Occupation:  Farmer

Company:  Co. E

Enlisted:  24 May 1864; Paducah, KY

Bounty Due:  $100

 

Soldier’s Name:  Bennett, Jordan

Birthplace:  Caldwell County

Note:  Soldier took the place of Dr. Chas. McKay, his owner.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Bigham, Simon

Company:  Co. K

Note:  Records state that the soldier owed service to Cubb Bigham, credited to Crittenden Co., KY.  File included application of Mrs. Lucinda Bigham for compensation for slave, filed 30 January 1867.  Bigham stated that she owned the slave “by inheritance from her mother Mrs. Sarah E. Linthicum.”

 

Soldier’s Name:  Blue, Benjamin

Birthplace:  Caldwell Co., KY

Age: 18

Height:  5’6 1/2

Physical Description:  Dark hair, dark eyes, dark skin

Company:  Co. C

Enlisted:  10 March 1864, Paducah, KY

Note:  file stated that soldier was the property of J.W. Blue, Crittenden Co., KY.  Blue filed application for compensation for slave on 10 January 1867.  “That his wife Fanny M. Blue inherited said slave from her father’s estate (S.D. Baldwin) in 1837 [Date can’t be right as Benjamin was born circa 1846.]

 

Soldier’s Name:  Blue, Jackson

Birthplace: Caldwell Co., KY

Age: 21

Height:  5’8

Physical Description:  Black hair, black eyes, black skin

Company:  Co. C

 

Soldier’s Name:  Clement, Prince

Birthplace: Crittenden Co., KY

Age: 49

Height: 5’5

Black hair, black eyes, black skin

Enlisted: July 28 186 [year not listed], Paducah, KY

Died at hospital 27 October 1864.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Cofield, Alexander [filed under Cafield]

Birthplace: Livingston Co., KY

Occupation: Farmer

Age: 32

Height: 5’9 ½

Physical Description:  black hair, black eyes, dark skin

Company:  Co. I

Enlisted: 29 May 1864, Paducah, KY

“Died on board steamer Daniel Webster at sea June 15, 1865. His final statement was forwarded to Adgt General’s office from St. Phillips, June 22, 1865.” “Died of disease.” [Later report says ulceration of the bowels.]

 

Soldier’s Name:  Cofield, Henry

Birthplace: Crittenden Co., KY

Age: 35

Height: 5’6 ½

Physical Description:  Black hair, black eyes, black skin

Occupation: Laborer

Enlisted: 23 March 1864, Paducah, KY

Company:  Co. C

Remarks:  In the Battle of Paducah & the Cumberland River Skirmish.

Note:  Soldier was present on all muster rolls except May-June 1865, when he was “sent to hospital at New Orleans, LA, June 20, 1865.”  On the Hospital Muster Roll of the Corps d’Afrique USA Gen. Hospital. Returned to duty 25 August 1865

 

Soldier’s Name:  Cofield, Richard

Birthplace: Crittenden Co., KY

Occupation: Laborer

Physical Description:  black hair, black eyes, dark skin

Company: Co. C

Enlisted: 23 March 1864, Paducah, KY; 3-year term

Mustered in: 30 April 1864, Paducah, KY

Remarks: Was in the battle of Paducah, KY, 25 March 1864. Was in the skirmish on the Cumberland River, June 1864. Promoted to corporal [later service record says 7th corporal].

Mustered Out:  Victoria, Texas, 10 February 1866

Clothing Account:  Due U.S. $15.39

Due U.S. for Arms: $3.00

Bounty Due Soldier:  $300

 

Soldier’s Name:  Coleman, Charles

Birthplace: Crittenden Co., KY

Age: 18

Height: 5’6

Occupation: Farmer

Company:  Co. K

Enlisted: 24 June 1864, Paducah, KY

Remarks: “Died at Regimental Hospital at Paducah KY, December 15th 1864.”  Died of dropsy.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Cook, Webb

Birthplace:  Caldwell Co., KY

Age:  18

Height:  5’5

Physical Description:  black hair, black eyes, black skin

Company:  Co. F

Note:  Soldier deserted on 25 August 1864.

 

Soldier’s Name:  Dobson, Edward

Birthplace:  Crittenden Co., KY

Age:  33

Height:  5’6

Physical Description:  Dark hair, dark eyes, dark skin

Occupation:  Farmer

Company:  Co. A

Note:  Honorably discharged at Norfolk, VA, on 7 June 1865 by order of the War Department. Was in Balfour Hospital at Portsmouth, VA.