FIRST KENTUCKY CAVALRY
The First Kentucky Cavalry Regiment was organized at Bowling Green, KY, on 19 October 1861. Its first Colonel was Ben Hardin Helm, later to command the Orphan Brigade. The First Kentucky Cavalry was officially part of the Orphan Brigade for only a short period during February-March 1862. After this, it was assigned to Forrest's, Morgan's, and later Wheeler's Cavalry, and it did not again serve with the Orphan Brigade. The regiment was surrendered and paroled at Washington, GA, 10 May 1865.
However, due to its early attachment to the Brigade, and the subsequent service of its first Colonel with the Orphan Brigade, the veterans of the First Kentucky Cavalry felt some kinship with the veterans of the Orphan Brigade, and they wished to be "adopted" as fellow Orphans. Sgt. E. Polk Johnson of Co. B explained how this came about:
Because Ed Porter Thompson included a brief history of the First Kentucky Cavalry, along with company rosters, in the 1898 edition of his History of the Orphan Brigade, we provide this page for information on the regiment, as part of the Orphan Brigade Homepage.
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