Nicholas County 18th Regiment Kentucky - Union
18th Regiment Kentucky - Union

This is a photo taken in DC at the end of the war. The 18th regiment of Kentucky was in this parade for the president.

Regimental History Eighteenth Infantry KENTUCKY (3-YEARS)

Eighteenth Infantry. -- Col., William A. Warner, Lieut.-Cols., John J. Landrum, Hubbard K. Milward; Majs., Frederick G. Bracht, Abram G. Wileman, John W. Robbins, John J Hall.

This regiment was mustered into the U. S. service Feb. 8, 1862 at Cynthiana, Kentucky. Soldiers of this regiment were predominately from Harrison County and the surrounding counties including Bourbon, Scott, Grant, Robertson, Bracken, Nicholas and Pendleton Counties.

On June 16 a detachment under command of Lieut.-Col. Landrum participated in the defense of Cynthiana, Ky., against John H. Morgan, where it sustained a loss of 2 killed.

In August the regiment participated in the battle of Richmond, losing 52 killed, 115 wounded and almost the entire remainder of the command captured and paroled. On Feb. 2, 1863, the remnant of the regiment left Louisville by boat for Nashville, Tenn., where, upon its arrival, it was assigned to the brigade of Brig.-Gen. Crook.

On June 23 it moved with the Army of the Cumberland and took part in the engagement at Hoover's gap, losing 2 killed and 3 wounded. It participated in the battle of Chickamauga, where it lost 8 killed, 40 wounded and 38 prisoners. From Oct. 5 to Nov. 23 it was on special duty, holding the line of the river near Chattanooga at a point known as "The Narrows," and at Brown's ferry, on which duty it lost 1 killed and 5 captured.

On Jan. 5, 1864, of 300 men present, 272 reenlisted as veterans and the command was ordered to Louisville, Ky., by rail to receive veteran furlough On Feb. 1 it received a 30 days' furlough at Louisville, at the expiration of which it rendezvoused at Paris, Ky. and on March 12 started by rail for Nashville, Tenn. whence it marched on the 22nd for Ringgold, GA, a distance of 200 miles, to join the main army. There it had several skirmishes, in one of which Capt. J. B. Heltemus was captured.

On Sept. 25 it left Ringgold, by rail, for Atlanta, and on Oct. 3 it marched from Atlanta northward in pursuit of Gen. Hood, to Gaylesville, Ala., a distance of 150 miles. On Oct. 29 it broke camp at Gaylesville, and after halting at Rome to be paid off marched to Atlanta, which place was reached on Nov. 15.

It joined in Sherman’s march to the sea, and on Feb. 5, 1865, it crossed the river into South Carolina. The march from that point to Goldsboro N. C., was terrible, through mud and mire, over wide swamps and deep rivers, and the comforts of life accessible only under difficulties. On April 12 the regiment was engaged, sustaining a loss of 2 killed and 2 wounded, and on the 13th entered Raleigh. On the 29th it started homeward and reached Washington, D. C. (a distance of 360 miles), on May 19.

It remained at Washington nearly a month and was in the grand review. The regiment was mustered out at Louisville July 18, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 5 officers and 85 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 152 enlisted men by disease. Total 243.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 330

Battles Fought

  • Fought on 16 June 1862 at Cynthiana, KY
  • Fought on 30 August 1862 at Richmond, KY.
  • Fought on 20 September 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
  • Fought on 05 October 1863 at Pendleton, KY.
  • Fought on 09 October 1863
  • Fought on 09 October 1863.
  • Joined Sherman’s March to the Sea November 1864
  • Fought on 20 March 1865.
  • Fought on 23 March 1865.
  • Fought on 02 April 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
  • Fought on 12 April 1865 at Raleigh, NC.
  • Fought on 20 March 1865.
  • Fought on 23 March 1865.
  • Fought on 02 April 1865 at Goldsboro, NC.
  • Fought on 12 April 1865 at Raleigh, NC.
  • Soldiers of the 18th

    Submitted by: Sandra Ramey Griffett

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