15th Kentucky Cavalry records

Descriptive Summary

Title
15th Kentucky Cavalry records
Date
1862-1866
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet
Subjects
Scouting (Reconnaissance)
Spring Creek, Battle of, Tenn., 1863.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2011MS122: [identification of item], 15th Kentucky Cavalry records, 1862-1866, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The 15th Kentucky Cavalry formed in the fall of 1862 and mustered into service at Paducah, Kentucky. Gabriel Nelter served as their initial Lieutenant Colonel before his death at Owensboro, Kentucky. Afterward, A. P. Henry became the commanding officer, but was captured at Spring Creek, Tennessee, in 1863. Major William Walker became senior officer and commanded until mustered out of service at Paducah, Kentucky in October 1863. The 15th cavalry engaged chiefly in scouting through the 1st district in western Kentucky and served as the only protection for the citizens of that section. The unit sustained losses at several skirmishes, including at Owensboro, Kentucky, and the battle of Spring Creek, Tennessee.
Scope and Content
The 15th Kentucky Cavalry records consist of the enlistment papers of James Morley of Livingston County, Kentucky; pay vouchers; quartermasters' records; scouting orders; and rosters for the 15th Kentucky Cavalry. The records primarily document the units' activities scouting in western Kentucky in 1863.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Enlistment papers,, 1863 November 19

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Rosters,, 1862, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Scouting orders,, 1863

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Quartermaster orders,, 1863-1866

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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Pay vouchers,, 1863 May 21

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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