47th Kentucky Volunteers
Roster of Company F
This is a transcript of the original roster book of Company F of the 47th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, a Union unit in the Civil War. Henry Skidmore organized this unit from men living principally in the Martins Fork area of Harlan County, Kentucky. The original lists first the officers in order of rank and then most of the privates in more or less alphabetical order, followed up by a dozen names that were later enlistments, etc. For ease of locating individuals and for correlation of data where there were promotions, etc., the roster has here been put in alphabetical order throughout.

A close reading of the roster finds some generalities: Several of the men had previously served in the Harlan County Battalion which dispersed sometime in late spring/early summer of 1863. Enrollment for the 47th's Company F was begun in July of 1863 and the unit itself was mustered in at Irvine KY on the 2nd of October 1863.

From the birthplaces given, it can be seen that most of the men were from Harlan County, and in fact from census and other records, it can be seen that most of them were from the Martins Fork/Cranks Creek area of the county and were in fact mostly relatives, friends and neighbors of Captain Henry Skidmore. Several of those whose birthplaces are listed as other than Harlan County had moved here form elsewhere prior to the war, some were here by 1850.

From dates and places mentioned in the roster, it seems that the unit camped at Irvine KY in October and then moved to Camp Nelson from November thru January. In February and March of 1864 they were camped at or near Booneville. By May they were at Paris KY. It is not known at this time what action they may have seen during or after this time period. Although enrolled for a 12 month term, they served closer to 15 months before being mustered out 26 Dec 1864 at Lexington KY.

Unless otherwise stated, all were enrolled at Irvine, Kentucky, by Captain Skidmore for a one year term; occupation farmer. Information in ( ) is editorial addition.

ANDERSON James
age 20, 5'8", dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair, born Scott Co VA, occupation: mechanic, enrolled 9 Sep 1863, transferred 22 Apr 1864 to the 4th Kentucky Veterans Cavalry
ARVINE William (IRVIN)
age 33, 6'2", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Tesel (Tazewell) Co. VA, enrolled 24 Aug 1863, deserted from Camp Paris 1 May 1864 and returned to his command 6 Jun 1864
AUSBON Ambers (OSBORN)
age 20, 5'9", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 26 Sep 1863
AUSBON Calvin (OSBORN)
age 24, 5'10", fair complexion, dark hair and eyes, born Harlan, enrolled 26 Sep 1863
AUSBON Solomon (OSBORN)
age 23, 6'2", fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863, deserted from Camp Booneville 23 Mar 1864, returned to his command 7 Jun 1864
BERGAN George (BURGAN)
age 33, 5'11", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, promoted to 2nd Corp in place of John Blankenship 8 Dec 1863, promoted to 5th Sgt vice Daniel Skidmore being promoted 25 Jul 1864
BLANKENSHIP John
age 22, 6'2", light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, appointed 2nd Corp 2 Oct 1863 (Adjutant General's report lists him as died 8 Dec 1863 at Camp Nelson)
BRANSON Richard
age 22, 5'9", dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Jul 1863 by Capt Blankenship
BROWNING Randolph
age 19, 5'9", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed 1st Sgt and Orderly 2 Oct 1863
BROWNING Wilson
age 25, 5'9", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed 2nd Sgt 2 Oct 1863
BRUMMETT Paton
age 19, 5'10", dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Harlan, enrolled 18 Mar 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
(BURGIN George see BERGAN George)
BURK John
age 18, 5'6", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Carance Co NC (?no such county), enrolled 1 Oct 1863 transferred to 4th KY Veterans 2 Sep 1864
BURKHART James
age 23, 5'10", light complexion, blue eyes, flaxen hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed 1st Corp 2 Oct 1863, deserted from Camp nelson 29 Oct 1863 (Adjutant General's Report lists him as died 16 Nov 1864)
BURKHART Jefferson
age 28, 5'10", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, deserted from Camp Paris 1 May 1864, returned to his command 7 Jun 1864, no forfeiture
BURKHART John
age 35, 5'6", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
BURKHART Noble
age 19, 6', light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 19 Jul 1863, appointed 4th Corp 2 Oct 1863
CAUDELL Lewis (or LEWIS Caudell)
age 18, 5'2", fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, born Breathitt Co, enrolled 17 Feb 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
CAWOOD John
age 27, 6'2", dark complexion, hazel eyes, black hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, appointed 4th Sgt 1 Nov 1863 in place of Andrew Ausbon
CLEMMONS William (CLEM)
age 31, 5'8", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863
COLE Matthew
age 17, 5'4", dark complexion, dark eyes & hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 10 Sep 1863, transferred to 4th Kentucky Veterans Cavalry 26 May 1864
DAVIS John
age 18, 6', dark complexion, dark eyes & hair, born Campbell Co TN, enrolled 16 Sep 1863, deserted from Camp Nelson 15 Nov 1863
DAY Newton
age 23, 5'10", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Lee Co. VA, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, deserted from Camp near Booneville 10 Feb 1864, never returned
DAY William
age 31, 5'10", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co. VA, enrolled 12 Aug 1863, appointed 3rd Sgt 2 Oct 1863
DEAN Irvin
age 18, 5'6", light complexion, hazel eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, deserted from Camp Booneville 23 Mar 1864 with his gun and accoutrements
DEAN Isaac
age 33, 5'11", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co. VA, enrolled 19 Jul 1863
DEAN John
age 23, 5'5", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
DRAKE James
age 25, 5'9", fair complexion, hazel eyes, light hair, born Bunkin Co NC (Buncombe), enrolled 19 Aug 1863
EARNEST David
age 46, 6', fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 12 Aug 1863
ELY Mays (or MAYS Ely)
age 18, 5'5", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Breathitt Co KY, enrolled 17 Feb 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
FEE Hiram
age 44, 5'9", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, discharged by reason of death 17 Dec 1863 at Camp Nelson
FIELDS Andrew
age 17, 5'5", dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863
FIELDS James
age 19, 5'10", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 6 Aug 1863
FLANERY Enoch
age 19, 5'4", fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, born Lecher (Letcher) Co KY, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
FLANERY Spencer
age 20, 5'6", dark complexion, hazel eyes, black hair, born Scott Co VA, enrolled 13 Aug 1863
FORRISTER Jerry (Jeremiah)
age 54, 5'8", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Oct 1863, deserted from Camp Paris 1 May 1864, never returned
FOUCH Alexander
age 22, 5'4", lighty complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 6 Aug 1863, transferred to Co K 47th KY 5 Dec 1863
GARRET Daniel
age 39, 5'10", dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
GRAY Jesse
age 39, 5'5", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Hawkins Co TN, enrolled 17 Feb 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
GREEN Eligah
age 42, 6', fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, born harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
GREEN James
age 19, 5'9", dark complexion, b;ack eyes & hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, discharged by reason of death 2 Oct 1863 at Camp Irvine never was mustered in (Oct 2 was the muster date)
GRILLS Hiram
age 30, 5'10", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Scott Co VA, enrolled 19 Jul 1863
HALL Francis
age 25, 5'9", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 24 Aug 1863
HALL James
age 23, 5'6", fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863, appointed 3rd Corp 2 Oct 1863
HALL Owen
age 29, 5'8", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 16 Aug 1863, appointed 8th Corp 2 Oct 1863, died at Paris KY 10 Sep 1864
HARBER Wallace
age 25, 5'10", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, promoted to 2nd Corp vice George Burgen being promoted 25 Jul 1864
HELTON Brittain
wounded before muster, never joined regiment in East part of Kentucky (this part is added in pencil at the end of the roster; the Adjutant General's Report has: shot by rebels before muster-in and left at Irvine KY and has never been heard from since)
HOBS William
age 19, 6', dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 14 Sep 1863
(IRVIN William see ARVINE William)
JONES Hiram
age 19, 5'5", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Clay Co KY, enrolled 12 Aug 1863
JONES John L
age 18, 5'8", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 18 Aug 1863, appointed 5th Corp 2 Oct 1863, "said John L Jones absented himself from my command without lief" 13 Oct 1863
LANKFORD Benjamin
age 36, 5'10", fair complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Claiborn Co TN, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, deserted from Camp Nelson 26 Jan 1864, never returned
LANKFORT Robbert
age 31, 5'8", fair complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Claiborn Co TN, enrolled 4 Nov 1863 at Camp Nelson, died in dec at Camp Nelson (he is not listed at all on the Adjutant General's Report)
LANKFORT William
age 27, 5'11", light complexion, hazel eyes, light hair, born Tazwell TN (Claiborne Co.), enrolled 5 Nov 1863 at Camp Nelson, transferred to Co K 47th KY 5 Dec 1863 by order of Att Clark
LEDFORD Caleb
age 18, 5'8", fair complexion, black eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 21 Mar 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
LEDFORD Leander
age 18, 5'8", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 14 Aug 1863, made 6th Corp 23 Dec 1863 in place of James Marcum
LEDFORD Washington
age 20, 5'8", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 9 Jul 1863
LEWIS Caudell see CAUDELL Lewis
LIPHER Thomas (LIFOR?)
age 19, 5'5", light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Hancock Co TN, enrolled 4 Aug 1863, deserted from Camp Booneville 23 Mar 1864 with his gun and accoutrements, never returned
MARCUM James
age 20, 5'9", dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, born Bedford Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863 (demoted or died? see Leander Ledford entry) appointed 6th Corp 2 Oct 1863
(MAYS Ely see ELY Mays)
MILBURN George
age 35, 6'2", dark complexion, dark eyes & hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 18 Sep 1863
MITCHEL James
age 31, 5'11", light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, deserted from Camp near Booneville 10 feb 1864
NOE Benjamin
age 17, 5'4", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, promoted to 5th Corp in place of John L Jones 1 Nov 1863
NOE Calvin
age 27, 5'9", dark complexion, dark eyes & hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863
NOE John
age 22, 5'5", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 6 Aug 1863
NOE Nathan
age 38, 5'7 1/2", dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863, appointed 1st Lieut 2 Oct 1863
(OSBORN see AUSBON)
POWEL Solomon
age 17, 5'4", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 24 Aug 1863, discharged by reason of death 13 Oct 1863 at Camp Irvine
RODES Alexander (RHODES)
age 18, 5'5", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Clay Co KY, enrolled 13 Sep 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry 26 Apr 1864
SERGENT John
age 18, 5'8", dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863 - see pension file
SERGENT Stephen
age 23, 5'9", light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 5 Aug 1863 - see pension file
SHACKLEFORD James
age 19, 5'10", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 24 Aug 1863
SKIDMORE Carter
age 18, 5'6", fair complexion, hazel eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, promoted to 1st Corp in place of James Burkhart 1 Nov 1863
SKIDMORE Daniel
age 21, 5'10", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed 5th Sgt 2 Oct 1863, promoted to 1st sgt 25 Jul 1864 vice A D Trent deceased
SKIDMORE Henry
age 43, 5'10", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed Captain 2 Oct 1863
SKIDMORE John
age 29, 5'11", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 4 Aug 1863
St JOHN John
age 32, 5'8", light complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair, born Hawkins Co TN, occupation: carpenter, enrolled 12 Aug 1863, transferred 20 May 1864 to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry
STAPLETON Newberry
age 17, 5'6", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
SMITH Elias
age 18, 5'9", dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 24 Aug 1863
SPURLOCK Elcaner
age 17, 5', dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry 12 May 1864, was rejected and returned to his command 4 Jun 1864
SPURLOCK Sanders
age 23, 5'9", fair complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863
SPURLOCK Thomas
age 28, 6', dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, born Knox Co KY, enrolled 10 Sep 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry 12 May 1864
STEEL William
age 26, 5'5", dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair, born Hancock Co TN, enrolled 27 Jul 1863
STEP Jacob
age 23, 6'2", dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Harlan, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, deserted from camp Paris 1 May 1864, returned to his command 6 Jun 1864
STEP John
age 18, 5'10", light complexion, blue eyees, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, appointed 7th Corp 2 Oct 1863
STEP Riley
age 19, 6'2", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 24 Aug 1863, got shot by accident 23 Jul 1864 (Adjutant general's Report: accidentally killed)
STEP Simon
age 18, 5'7", light complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, born Harlan, enrolled 12 Aug 1863
SWANSON William
age 20, 5'7", light complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863
THOMAS Aaron
age 30, 5'7", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Harlan, enrolled 29 Jul 1863
THORNESBURG William (THORNESBERRY)
age 28, 5'9", light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 18 Aug 1863, deserted from Camp Nelson 18 Dec 1863, never returned
THOMPSON Archable
age 26, 5'7", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born With Co VA (Wythe), enrolled 5 Aug 1863
TRENT Abner
age 37, 5'8", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Hancock Co TN, enrolled 29 Jul 1863, promoted to 1st Sgt 11 Feb 1864 vice Randolph Browning reduced to the ranks, Abner Trent died of fever 25 Jul 1864 at Paris KY
UNDERHILL James
age 33, 5'8", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Hawkins Co TN, enrolled 17 Feb 1864 at Camp Booneville, never mustered in
VILES Levi
age 26, 5'8", dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, born Ash Co NC, enrolled 12 Oct 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry 11 Apr 1864 (Adjutant General Report has 10th of April)
WINN Acles
age 38, 5'6", dark complexion, black eyes & hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, appointed 2nd Lieut 2 Oct 1863
YEARRY William D
age 33, 5'7", fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 1 Oct 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry 26 May 1864
YOUNG Hezekiah
age 20, 5'8", dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, born Lee Co VA, enrolled 4 Aug 1863, transferred to 4th KY Veterans Cavalry

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