First Kentucky "Orphan" Brigade 


 

Selected Bibliography of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade

compiled by Geoffrey R. Walden
Former Historian, Orphan Brigade Kinfolk Association

 

Published Sources

Andrews, Matthew Page (comp.)
"Mrs. Bettie Taylor Philips, 'Mother' of the 'Orphan Brigade,'" in: The Women of the South in War Times (Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Co., 1927), pp. 120-126 (4th Ky. Inf.).

Barker, Vince
"Recalling the Civil War Times of the Boys in Company B," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 13, No. 3 (July-August 1998), pp. 26-27 (Co. B, 5th Ky. Inf.)

Bassham, Ben L. (editor)
Ten Months in the "Orphan Brigade" - Conrad Wise Chapman's Civil War Memoir (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1999).  Chapman's 1867 memoir of his early service in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry.

Bauer, David C. L.
"Group Works to Preserve the History of the Orphan Brigade," Elizabethtown, KY News-Enterprise, 6 July 1995.

Blackburn, John W.
Gray Jackets With Blue Collars (Beaver Dam, KY: The Embry Newspapers, 1963). (history of Co. C, 9th Ky. Inf.)

"Capt. Edward Gregory," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 13 (1905), p. 576 (9th Ky. Inf.).

"Capt. Joe Desha," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 10 (1902), pp. 370-371 (5th Ky. Inf.).

"Civil War Reminscences: Nelson County Soldier Recalls Whoopoorwill Bridge," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol 15, No. 6 (November 2000), pp. 45-47 (written in 1902 by an unknown member of Co. B, 9th Ky. Inf., concerning the action at Whippoorwill Bridge, 4 December 1861, and early camp life at Bowling Green).

"Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper," The Woodford Sun, Versailles, KY, 3 October 1991, p. A7 (reprint of an 1893 article on the 12th annual reunion of the Orphan Brigade).

Confederate Veteran Association of Kentucky
Annual Membership Book. Lexington, 1895.

Craig, Berry
"Letters from Sergeant Tell of Civil War Combat," Bowling Green Daily News, 14 December 1990 (2nd Ky. Inf.).

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"Confederate Canines Remembered as Loyal Companions to Soldiers," Frankfort State Journal, 3 August 1993 ("Frank," the soldier dog of the 2nd Kentucky Infantry).

Cunningham, Dr. John
"Reminiscence of Shiloh," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 16 (1908), p. 577 (4th Ky. Inf.)

Davis, William C.
The Orphan Brigade: the Kentucky Confederates Who Couldn't Go Home (New York: Doubleday, 1980; reprinted by Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA, 1994).

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"The Orphan Brigade," America's Civil War, Vol. 16, No. 5, November 2003, pp.34-40.

Davis, William C., editor
Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1990). (Original journal in the Library of Congress)

"Famed Orphans Remembered," Bowling Green, KY Daily News, 3 September 1995.

Flora, Samuel R.
"'I consider the Regiment my home': The Orphan Brigade Life and Letters of Capt. Edward Ford Spears, 1861-65," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 94, No. 2 (Spring 1996), pp. 134-173. (2nd Ky. Inf.; original letters in a private collection in Paris, KY)

"Franklin County Lost Last Two Confederate Soldiers in 1932," The Kentucky Explorer, January 1992, p. 32 (W.T.B. South, 5th Ky. Inf., and James Parker, 2nd Ky. Inf.; reprinted from Confederate Veteran, 1932).

Garrigus, Lewis C.
"Campaigning With the Confederates," Nos. 1-4, Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, issues of 12 April, 19 April, 3 May, and 10 May 1914. (Service with the 4th Ky. Inf. from Murfreesboro through the end of the war - thanks to Lee White for bringing these articles to my attention)

Grainger, Gervis
Four Years With the Boys in Gray (Franklin, KY: The Favorite Office, 1902; reprinted by Morningside Books, 1973, and Civil War Enterprises, Danville, KY, 1993).

Graves, Mrs. Mary Jewell
"Photograph taken at a reunion of Taylor County veterans of the Civil War, who were members of the Orphan Brigade," Central Kentucky Researcher, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Fall 1995), front cover (4th and 6th Ky. Inf. 1905 veterans photo).

Green, Maureen Helm
"Emilie" [Todd Helm], Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Autumn 2008), pp. 4-18.

Harhai, Courtney M.
"Kentucky’s Orphan Brigade Honored By Virginia Museum," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 12, No. 10 (April 1998), pp. 60-61.

Henderson, H.A.M.
Letter from Camp Boone, published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 20 August 1861, p. 4.

Herr, William Wallace
"Kentuckians at Chickamauga," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 3, No. 10 (October 1895), pp. 294-295.

Hodge, George B.
Sketch of the First Kentucky Brigade (Frankfort, KY: The Kentucky Yeoman Office), 1874 (also published in The Land We Love, Vol. 4, No. 2 (December 1867), pp. 97-104; Vol. 4, No. 3 (January 1868), pp. 177-181; Vol. 4, No. 4 (February 1868), pp. 265-268; Vol. 4, No. 5 (March 1868), pp. 393-401).

Jennings, Michael
"Kentucky's Orphan Brigade Featured in Virginia Exhibit," Louisville Courier-Journal, 23 February 1998, pp. B1, B4.

Joyce, Fred [pseudonym for John H. Weller]
"Kentucky's Orphan Brigade at the Battle of Chickamauga," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 8, No. 10 (April 1994), pp. 27-29.

"Kentuckians Going South," Louisville Daily Courier, 11 July 1861 (2nd Ky. Inf.).

Kentucky Battle Song (songsheet), Columbia, SC: B. Duncan & Company, ca. 1864.

Kentucky Adjutant General's Office
Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky: Confederate Kentucky Volunteers, War 1861-1865 (Frankfort: State Journal Company Printers, 2 Vols., 1915-1918; reprinted 1980-1990 by McDowell Publications, Utica, KY).

"Kentucky Politicians: A Sketch of Thomas H. Hays," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 24, No. 4 (September 2009), pp. 17-18.

Kirwan, Albert D., editor
Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1956). (Original journals in the Filson Club, Louisville, KY)

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"The Orphan Brigade," in "The Civil War in Kentucky," special insert to the Louisville Courier-Journal, 20 November 1960, pp. 95-97.

Lochiel
"Kentucky Brigade for the Confederate States' Service," letter published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 16 July 1861, p. 4.

"Maj. Rice Graves Is Remembered as a Kentucky Hero," The Chickamauga, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January-Fenruary 1997), p. 8.

McCutchan, Ken
"'Troop Mother' Considered Enemy Spy," Evansville Courier, 13 March 1994 (Mrs. Bettie Phillips, 4th Ky. Inf.)

M'Grath, Jack J.
"The Orphan Brigade" (poem), Confederate Veteran, Vol. 18 (1910), p. 577.

Menefee, Steven Ray
"Daniel Lunksford Smith of the Orphan Brigade," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 10, No. 7 (January 1996), pp. 88-89 (4th Ky. Inf.).

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"Recalling the Feats of Holman Hardin Smith of the Orphan Brigade," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 11, No. 8 (February 1997), p. 66 (6th Ky. Inf.).

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"Daniel Lunksford Smith of the Orphan Brigade," Greensburg Record-Herald, October 20, 1999.

Mercer, Darlene
"KY Rebel Profile: Col. Phil L. Lee," The Chickamauga, Vol. 4, No. 2 (March-April 1998), p. 8.

M.[inor], W. E. (probably William E. Minor, 6th Ky. Inf.)
Letter from Camp near Bowling Green, published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 2 December 1861, p. 1.

"My First Promotion," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 19 (1911), p. 11.

Neace, James Clell
"Kentucky's Orphan Brigade Fought in Major Civil War Battles," The Kentucky Explorer, March 1993, pp. 19-22.

__________, and Edgar P. Harned
"Colonel John William Caldwell, Logan County's Civil War Hero," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 13, No. 7 (January 1999), pp. 36-38.

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"General Hanson, Commander of Orphan Brigade, Fell At Stones River," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 13, No. 10 (April 1999), pp. 36-38.

Oller, Joey D.
"Major Rice Graves of Daviess County Fell at Chickamauga," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 13, No. 4 (September 1998), pp. 24-26.

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"Reunions of the Kentucky Orphan Brigade," The Chickamauga, Vol. 4, No. 3 (May-June 1998), pp. 7-10.

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"Judge Martin H. Cofer's Digest Set the Standard in Ky's. Courts," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 24, No. 3 (July/August 2009), pp. 15-16.

Osborne, Thomas D.
"Reunion of the Orphan Brigade," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 23 (1915), p. 437.

Payne, Louis Douglass
"With the Orphan Brigade of Kentucky," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 35, No. 12 (December 1927), pp. 456-460 (2nd Ky. Inf.).

Pirtle, John B.
"The Defense of Vicksburg in 1862 and the battle of Baton Rouge," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 32 (1924), pp. 264-266.

"R. W. Major," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 13 (1905), p. 40 (4th Ky. Inf.).

"Reunion of the Orphan Brigade," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 3, No. 10 (October 1895), p. 298.

"Reunion Orphan Brigade, Glasgow, Ky.," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 7, No. 8 (August 1899), pp. 340-341.

Ridenour, Hugh
"John Orlando Scott: Scion of the Bluegrass in Peace and War," Kentucky Historical Society Register, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Spring 1999), pp. 159-188.

Robertson, Joseph L.
Letter published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 15 November 1861, p. 1 (4th Ky. Inf.).

Sallee, Scott E.
"Black Soldier of the Confederacy," Blue & Gray, Vol. 7, No. 5 (June 1990), pp. 24-25 (Peter Vertrees, 6th Ky. Inf.).

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"Daughters of Peter Vertrees, Member of Kentucky's Orphan Brigade, Honored," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 12, No. 2 (June 1997), pp. 60-61 (6th Ky. Inf.).

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"Real Daughters of Orphan Brigade Veteran Recognized," Blue & Gray Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 6 (August 1997), p. 39.

Saxton's Cornet Band (Phillipa Burgess and Bill Gay)
"Fourth Kentucky Regimental Band," insert to audio cassette, 1992.

Sleet, George W. (probably George W. Sheets, 4th Ky. Inf.)
"From Camp Burnett," letter published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 17 September 1861, p. 4.

Spears, Lt. E. F.
Letter, 18 April 1862, Camp Chase Gazette, Vol. 10, No. 6 (April 1983), p. 18 (2nd Ky. Inf.).

Speer, Judge Emory
"Kentuckians Fought the Last Battle of the War," Post [Louisville?], 30 January 1908 (clipping in Jackman Journal, Library of Congress)

Staley, Richard
"A Search Through Time: Charles B. Mitchell, Confederate Soldier," Military Images, Vol. 18, No. 4 (January-February 1997), pp. 10-11 (9th Ky. Inf.).

Suhr, Robert Collins
"Charge of the Orphan Brigade," America's Civil War, Vol. 8, No. 6 (January 1996), pp. 70-76, 101-106).

"The Civil War: When Brother Fought Against Brother," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 13, No. 5 (October 1998), p. 62 (Thomas Owens, 4th Ky. Inf.).

"The Fast-Thinning Ranks of the Famous Orphan Brigade," Louisville Courier-Journal, Vol. 40, No. 134 (3 October 1903), p. 1 (1903 Louisville reunion).

"The Sun Shines Bright," Confederate Veteran, Vol. 4, No. 10 (October 1896), pp. 325-330 (Nashville Reunion, 1896).

Thomas, Edison H.
"Kentuckians Who Went Thataway," Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 27, No. 3 (1992), p. 153 (4th Ky. Inf.)

Thompson, Ed. Porter
History of the First Kentucky Brigade (Cincinnati: Caxton Publishing House, 1868) and History of the Orphan Brigade (Louisville: Lewis N. Thompson, 1898; reprinted by Morningside Books, Dayton, OH, 1973 and 1991).

Thrush, John
"The Soldier, The Monument & Chewing Gum," North-South Trader's Civil War, September-October 1996, pp. 20-24 (Thomas Osborne, 6th Ky. Inf.).

Walden, Geoffrey R.
"A History of Cobb's Kentucky Battery, CSA," The Chickamauga, Vol. 1, No. 5 (November-December 1995), pp. 4-5. (Typescript of original memoir in the Paducah, KY Public Library)

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"A Western Confederate Cap," Military Collector & Historian, Vol. XLVIII, No. 2, Summer 1996, pp. 92-93 (2nd Ky. Inf.).

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Book Review, "Four Years With the Boys in Gray," The Civil War Courier, Vol. 10, No. 6 (October-November 1994).

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"Company F, Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry CSA, Part I: The Die is Cast," Green County Review, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Summer 1989), pp. 52-57.
"Company F, Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry CSA, Part II: Company F 'Sees the Elephant,'" Green County Review 13(2), Winter 1990, pp. 24-26.
"Company F, Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry CSA, Part III: The Fourth's Finest Hour," Green County Review 13(3), Spring 1990, pp. 48-49.
"Company F, Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry CSA, Part IV: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864," Green County Review 14(2), January 1991, pp. 20-21.
"Company F, Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Part 5: The End of an Era," Green County Review 14(4), Summer 1991, pp. 51-53.

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"Faded Manuscript Gives History of Cobb's Kentucky Battery," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 10, No. 10 (April 1996), pp. 32-34. (Typescript of original memoir in the Paducah, KY Public Library)

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"Flags of the Kentucky 'Orphan' Brigade," Journal of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 20-24.

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"Kentuckian Recalled as 'Dare-Devil Fighter' During Civil War," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 5, No. 10 (April 1991), pp. 17-18 (George Hector Burton, 4th Ky. Inf.).

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"Kentuckians Took Part in Opposing Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 11, No. 4 (September 1996), pp. 48-49.

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"Kentucky's Famous Orphan Brigade," America's Civil War, Vol. 4, No. 2 (July 1991), pp. 12, 63-66.

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"Opposing Sherman's March to the Sea," The Chickamauga, Vol. 1, No. 5 (November-December 1995), pp. 2-3.

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"Orphan Brigade at Oconee River Bridge," The Chickamauga, Vol. 2, No. 1 (January-February 1996), p. 4.

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"Quartermaster Records and Period Accounts of Clothing Issues to the 4th Kentucky Infantry," The Adjutant's Call, Special Issue No. 1, January 1992, pp. 9-12.

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"Rebel Troops Enjoyed This Fight," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 3, No. 9 (March 1989), pp. 18-19 (Dalton, GA, snowball fight).

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"The Kentucky Sharpshooters, Elite Corps of the Orphan Brigade," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 9, No. 5 (October 1994), pp. 62-64.

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"The Orphan Brigade, One of the Most Historic of the Confederacy", The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 11, No. 8 (February 1997), p. 18 (reunion photo, 1887).

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"Young Kentuckian Met Strange Death During Civil War," The Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 5, No. 3 (August 1990), pp. 15-16 (George Disney, 4th Ky. Inf.).

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"Kentucky Rebels: Uniforms of the Orphan Brigade," Military Illustrated, Number 96, May 1996, pp. 14-19.

Walden, Gregory A.
"Color-Bearers of the 'Orphan Brigade,'" Confederate Veteran, July-August 1993, pp. 34-39.

Watson, Michael C.
"Confederate Revelations," in "Looking Back," The Adair Progress, 12 March 1992 (4th Ky. Inf. at the surrender).

W.[hite], J. L. (probably James L. White, 2nd Ky. Inf.)
Letter from Camp near Bowling Green, published in the Louisville Daily Courier, 6 December 1861.

Willis, Mrs. William W.
"Cobb's Battery," The United Daughters of the Confederacy® Magazine, Vol. 61, No. 8 (September 1998), p. 24.

Winstead, Guy
"Squire Helm Bush," Hardin County Independent, 30 May 1991, p. B8 (6th Ky. Inf.).

Young, Lot D.
Reminiscences of a Soldier of the Orphan Brigade (Louisville: Courier-Journal Job Printing Co., n.d. (ca. 1918).

 

NOTES:  This listing does not include the very numerous reports and entries on the Orphan Brigade contained in the War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, nor does it include many of the newspaper article clippings in the Jackman Journal in the Library of Congress (because most of these are undated, with no source given).  Also generally excluded are newspaper and magazine articles and books in which the Orphan Brigade is mentioned, but is not the primary subject.  The Chickamauga is the newsletter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Gen. Ben Hardin Helm Camp 1703, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

 

Internet Resources

Cook, Laura, and Geoff Walden
"Orphan Brigade Homepage," http://www.rootsweb.com/~orphanhm/index.html

Helveston, Sue
Letters of Pvt. William Rees, Co. E, 5th/9th Ky. Inf., 22 March 1862 – 7 Sept. 1862. http://members.aol.com/SHelveston/reeslets.html

 

Writings on the Orphan Brigade are quite extensive, but I would like to make this bibliography as complete as possible.  If you know of an Orphan Brigade book or article that does not appear here, please contact Geoff Walden at geoff_walden@hotmail.com.

Revised 6 September 2009

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