First Kentucky (Orphan) Brigade Homepage


This page presents historical and genealogical information on the largest unit from Kentucky to serve in the Confederate forces during the War Between the States, 1861-1865.

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NEWS  --  The Orphan Brigade Homepage was last updated in March 2017. Please read this note. Thanks!



The Orphan Brigade Kinfolk Association Annual Meeting

on Saturday, October14, 2017, Louisville, KY


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ORPHAN BRIGADE BOOK REPRINT - Janaway Genealogy Books has recently reprinted Ed Porter Thompson's History of the Orphan Brigade - click here for further info.

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Search Engine for known burial locations of Orphan Brigade Soldiers is now on line. Over 500 burial locations listed!

For a detailed Table of Contents, click here.

Our pages on the background, history, uniforms, flags and weapons of the brigade can be found here.

Our data section features rosters, burial information and photos of the soldiers.

Looking for more resources? Check here for our suggested reading list and bibliography, associated WWW links, hints on how to find and research your Orphan Brigade ancestor, and information on the Orphan Brigade Kinfolk Association.

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Acknowledgements:  We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all those who have donated information and photographs for the Orphan Brigade Homepage; these are acknowledged on the pages where their information appears; but we wish to especially thank the following friends and fellow Orphan Brigade researchers who have generously supplied a great deal of information and otherwise helped in our research:  Tim Bowman, Alice Bratcher, Jimmie Epling, Porter Harned, Steve Menefee, Darlene Mercer, Joey Oller, Nancy Terhaar, and Greg Walden.

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Geoff Walden:  enfield577 (at)
Laura Cook
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This page was last updated on:  May 16, 2015