Civil War in SE Kentucky
The Late Unpleasantness, Civil War in Southeast Kentucky
A trial for the entire nation, the Civil War was especially difficult in the border regions such as south eastern Kentucky where brother against brother was a literal truth. Much has been written and published about other border regions during the Civil War but as there were no major battles, no momentous raids by guerillas, little appears about these mountain counties in print. This site hopes to remedy this somewhat by providing local information and source data, Civil War history and traditional area stories and links to further research.


Post war petition for Pardon - Joseph Wells

The photocopies of the vouchers listed in the Harlan County Battalion
section are being scanned and uploaded to this site as time permits.

William Wynn, Civil War prisoner

Keeping the Homes Fires Burning
Civil War in Southeast Kentucky
by Holly Timm

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(Featured Link is a spot that will change as a new
interesting link comes along so check back here frequently.)

"For your reading pleasure, we present historic issues from the New York Times. The digitization process is ongoing, but we invite you right now to peruse the newspaper issues that we have put on line."

Only the beginnings of this project are online but fortunately for us, they began with

The Civil War Years

Civil War Query Page


Unit Rosters
1890 Vets Census &c
Pension Records
Civil War Links
Email Lists etc.
Book Sources
SE KY GenWeb
other wars in SE KY
SE KY CW History
Stories & Letters

see also
Harlan Circuit Court Records
related to the Civil War

Unit Rosters

Units on both sides of the Civil War were organized initially in neighborhoods thus, most of the men enlisting knew each other or were relatives. One way to find what unit your ancestor served in is to check the rosters of units in which others in the area served. Your ancestor may have died during or in the years following the war and no information has come down as to what unit he served in... but, his neighbor may have served in a particular unit and if you check that roster you may find your own ancestor. This site is building a collection of rosters from this area and links to others.

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1890 Vets Census

When the 1890 regular census was taken, the census takers were also directed to prepare a special schedule of Union veterans and widows of veterans. When the 1890 census itself was destroyed by fire, the 1890 Special Schedule was also partially destroyed. Schedules survive for all states falling alphabetically after Kentucky and for about half of Kentucky. Fortunately for south east Kentucky, all the then existing counties have surviving schedules. The schedule was intended only for Union veterans but some confederates slipped on to the list, usually later crossed out.

This site has a two fold goal, one, posting transcripts of the actual schedules for the southeast Kentucky counties and then adding notes as to family information about each and everyone listed. Contributions of information on individuals listed is welcome. Watch for the links below to turn color as the data is added to the site.

Also falling into this category is Civil War Veterans Burial Location Listings

1890 Veterans Census Schedules

Harlan Leslie Clay
Bell Knox Letcher

Civil War Veterans Burial Locations

*** Green County

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Pensions at this site

*** Civil War Widow's Pension of Margaret WELLS SERGENT widow of John SERGENT
*** Civil War Pension of Stephen SERGENT and his widow Cynthia (GRUBBS)

How to get pension and other records...

The primary source for military pension records, including the Civil War, is of course the National Archives. You can obtain the NATF-80 forms for ordering pension records by e-mail request. Simply send an e-mail to [email protected], put the word Form in the subject line and include your snail-mail address. Most people requesting forms this way have gotten the forms within a few days.

The NARA Home Page
The NARA Catalog of Military Service Records Microfilms

Particularly for Confederate Records, State Archives may be another avenue for Civil War military records.

The Kentucky State Archives
Listing of State Archives

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Links to Civil War Pages

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Southeast Kentucky GenWeb Counties

Although we will try to make every effort to link Civil War related material to this page, further research may be found on the individual county pages. They can be reached by jumping to the index page for Footprints' corner of the KYGenWeb or by clicking directly on the county links below:







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KYGenWeb & USGenWeb

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. If you are interested in helping with any part of the KyGenWeb project, please contact Nancy Trice.

As KYGenWeb grew, people with genealogy interests in other states picked up the ball and USGenWeb was born. Now, all 50 states are represented and most US counties have web sites.... out of a small acorn, a mighty oak has grown.

The KYGenWeb Project
The USGenWeb Project

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E-Mail Lists

There are Civil War mail lists and Usenet echoes as well as the older groups such as FIDO Civil War. If anyone can help us compile a list including subscription information we would greatly appreciate it.

One such list is [email protected] - to subscribe, send a message to [email protected] and put just the one word subscribe in the body of the message. Turn off your signature file and send.

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Kentucky Feuds

Many feuds either grew out of or were fueled by the general violence in the region during the Civil War. Links to other Kentucky mountain feuds will be added as they are discovered. Here at this site, we will work on building information about the people and events in our own feud, the Turner-Howard Feud.

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SE Kentucky Civil War History

Included with the Harlan County Battalion Rosters at this site are the Daily Reports and the Vouchers from during its period of service. Also included here is a letter written at the end of the war by Leonard Farmer about the need for a militia and a listing of volunteers.

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SE Kentucky Civil War Stories

traditional stories... letters... etc

*** Letter from James F. Hunt to his family

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Civil War and Other Book Sources

MorningSide Books - you can find almost any Civil War Book here

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Other Wars in SE KY

An eventual link to a page for Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish-American War... specifically for south eastern Kentucky as well as links to general information. There are a few non Civil War military items on this site:

Edmund Gross ~ Pension
1834 Militia Company (Larkin Howard, Captain)

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Copyright Notice: All files on this site are copyrighted by their creator. They may be linked to but may not be reproduced on another site without specific permission from Holly Fee-Timm [[email protected]]. Although public information is not in and of itself copyrightable, the format in which they are presented, the notes and comments, etc., are. It is however, quite permissable to print or save the files to a personal computer for personal use ONLY.

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