REPRINT OF THOMPSON'S HISTORY
OF THE ORPHAN BRIGADE
January 2008 note
- on sale now for $67.45 - a 25% discount.
A New Civil War Release Available From
History of the Orphan Brigade by Ed Porter Thompson
History of the Orphan Brigade, by Ed Porter Thompson, Originally published in
1898, and reprinted by Janaway Publishing, Inc., 2004, Beautiful Hardbound,
Faux-Leather, Gold Stamped Spine and Front Cover, Illustrated, Index, 1,266
pages. ISBN # 0-9741957-2-3
Here, and now back in print, is the History of the Orphan Brigade, one of the
first Civil War histories originally completed after the close of hostilities.
The History of the First Kentucky Brigade, written by Ed Porter Thompson, was a
massive undertaking, which began in November 1864, during the final winter of
the War, and concluded with the first printing in
1868. In 1898, Thompson revised, updated, and renamed the book History of the
Orphan Brigade, resulting in this enormous work of 1,266 pages.
Considered the definitive history of this famous brigade, it provides a thorough
background on the formation, staffing, component units, battles, and leadership
throughout the War. It takes you from the Kentucky parade grounds in the summer
of 1861, to the recruitment and training camps on the Tennessee border, and
through the battles at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton
Rouge, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain,
and Atlanta. Thompson develops a wonderful history of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and
9th Kentucky Infantry Regiments, as well as detailed accounts of Artillery,
Cavalry and other brigade units.
Thompson had been with the brigade from the beginning, enlisting as a private,
promoting to first-sergeant, and, eventually, to Captain. He was a thoughtful
man, well-read, knowledgeable and convinced of the special place in history that
would be bestowed on his Orphan Brigade. His participation in most of the
battles, in either a line or staff position, and his access to the brigade
records and papers, led to one of the most accurate Civil War unit histories
written. William C. Davis, in his book, The Orphan Brigade: The Kentucky
Confederates Who Couldn't Go Home, and author or editor of more than 30 books on
the Civil War and southern history, writes, Thompson's efforts were
".monumental works, and in the main far more accurate than most Civil War
unit histories, thanks to a thorough grounding in the brigade's official
Ed Porter Thompson believed that ".no history of the command would be
adequate that did not take cognizance of all the individuals whose conduct
helped to make the fame of the organization," and this belief was one of
his guiding principles in preparing his manuscript. To that end, more than
half of the 1,266 pages are devoted to this endeavor. The personnel
of the book is organized into unit "rosters," with individuals listed
under their assigned units. There are numerous photographs and engravings
of many of the officers, as well as biographical information on officers and men
in the ranks, making this book an exceptional memorial to the brigade's
Some examples of biographical entries for the enlisted men:
"JOHN DUNN, Logan County, was one of the corporals of the company, and took
part in nearly all the battles. He was wounded at Chickamauga and
Peachtree Creek, and was killed at Jonesboro.
"GEO. B. DODD, Allen County, fought with Co. H, Third Arkansas Infantry,
during the first two years of the war; was transferred to the Sixth Kentucky,
Jan. 13, 1863, and fought with it at Jackson, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Gap,
Resaca, and Dallas; was severely wounded at the latter place, and disabled for
further service during the war.
"PEYTON B. BYRNE, Greenup County, was an old man, but took part in most of
the battles of his company."
These 1,266 pages include information on thousands of individual Brigade
members, as well as a thorough history of the Orphan Brigade. This book is
a wonderful resource for any Civil War buff or genealogist researching Kentucky.
This book was released the first week of May 2004, and is priced
at $89.95 retail. Discounts are available for purchases in quantities of 10
books or more. Purchases may be made through the publisher's Website at:
www.JanawayPublishing.com, or by
phoning TOLL FREE 888-219-7932.
Orders by mail may be sent to:
Janaway Genealogy Books
732 Kelsey Ct.
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone (805) 925-1038
Fax (805) 925-7121