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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Ledgers

Series II: Muster Rolls

Series III: Returns

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Kentucky Infantry, 6th Regiment, Company Records, 1861-1865



Descriptive Summary

Title Kentucky Infantry, 6th Regiment, Company Records
Dates: 1861-1865
Abstract: The U.S. Civil War Company records of the 6th Regiment Kentucky Infantry consist of General Orders; descriptive rolls of the regiments's commissioned and non-commissioned officers; a register of men discharged and why; a register of death; a register of deserters; and a descriptive roll of the regiment with physical and vital information.
ID MS 294
Extent 0.5 lin. ft. (1 box)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

The Sixth Kentucky, a Union Army regiment, was organized in late 1861 with volunteers that came principally from Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Oldham and Shelby counties. Anderson, Campbell, Fayette, Hardin, Madison, Spencer, Trimble and Woodford counties were also represented, with about 60 men from southern Indiana. Four of the Sixth Kentucky's ten companies were composed principally of German-born residents of Louisville. The Sixth Kentucky was a member of Colonel (later Brigadier General) William B. Hazen's brigade. Hazen's brigade served in the Army of the Ohio and its successor, the Army of the Cumberland. The regiment fought at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Brown's Ferry, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, and in the four-month-long Atlanta Campaign.. The Sixth Kentucky was at Perryville on the day of the battle, but its division was not called into the fray. However, the Sixth was instrumental in pushing Confederate forces out of Kentucky with frequent skirmishes with Braxton Bragg's rear guard.

The survivors of the three years of heavy service were mustered out in late 1864. Over 110 of its men were killed or mortally wounded. Almost 90 died from disease and illnesses caused by their wounds. By the end of the regiment's three years of service, its rolls had been reduced from approximately 900 men to about 300.

Excerpted from a "Brief History of the Sixth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Union)" by Joe Reinhart.

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Scope and Contents

The U.S. Civil War Company records of the 6th Regiment Kentucky Infantry consist of General Orders; descriptive rolls of the regiments's commissioned and non-commissioned officers; a register of men discharged and why; a register of death (of what if illness; where and how if battle); a register of deserters; and a descriptive roll of the regiment with physical and vital information. There are also Morning Reports which describe which man had what type of duty and in some cases gives detailed reports of troop movement and skirmishes, and Muster Rolls and returns.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from these records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Kentucky Infantry, 6th Regiment.
Subjects (Places)
United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Related Material

A photocopied list of officers and men of Company B, 6th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry from History of the Orphan Brigade is included in the MS 294 control folder, WRC. A copy of Joe Reinhart's article, "Brief History of the Sixth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Union)" is also located in the control folder.

See also: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jadmire/kyhenry/6kyhist.htm.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kentucky Infantry, 6th Regiment, Company Records, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The records were purchased May 1966.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Ledgers

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1 List of commissioned and non-commissioned officers, register of men transferred, register of men discharged, register of deaths, register of deserters, descriptive roll of regiment, 1861-1864
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2 General Orders, 1861-1863
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3 Remarks for the Month, Morning Reports, 1861-1864

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Series II: Muster Rolls

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4 Company D, 1861-1862
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5 Company D, 1862-1863
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6 Company D, 1863
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7 Company D, 1863-1864
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8 Company A and unidentified company, 1861, 1864
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9 Company D, 1861-1865
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10 Company D, 1862

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Series III: Returns

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11 Company D, 1863
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12 Company D, 1864

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