14th KY Cavalry

Service History


Fourteenth Cavalry. -- Col., Henry C. Lilly; Lieut.-Col., Andrew Herd; Majs., Joseph W. Stivers, Alfred Smith, John C. Eversole, Robert T. Williams.

The organization of this regiment was begun in the summer of 1862, the companies being promptly recruited in the counties of Estill, Owsley, Bath, Montgomery, Clark, Madison, Rockcastle and Powell. They assembled at Mt. Sterling in July, but before any organization had been effected, or arms obtained the Confederate forces under Gen. Kirby Smith came into the state. The fighting which took place at Big Hill and Richmond caused the unarmed men of the regiment to abandon their camp at Mt. Sterling and for a time the organization was practically disbanded, though some of the men were held together and fought against Morgan at Brookville, Ky., as he retreated from Augusta, in September.

After the Confederates left the state the men of the regiment reassembled at Mt. Sterling, where four companies -- A, B, C, and D -- were organized and mustered into service Nov. 6, and the regiment was completed in Feb. 1863, the other companies being mustered in at Irvine Feb. 13. The services of the regiment were almost entirely in eastern Kentucky.

In Jan. 1863, Maj. Stivers, with 150 men of the regiment, dashed upon a band in Powell county, captured its leader and 11 men, and took their horses, guns, etc. The regiment was engaged in numerous skirmishes, and was continuously marching. Among its battles was the one at Dutton's Hill in Pulaski county, near Somerset, when Confederate Gen. Pegram, with about 2,500, was attacked by the Federal troops under Gen. Gillmore. It also went on the East Tennessee campaign under Gen. Burnside in Sept. 1863, and participated in the hardships and dangers of that campaign. The 1st battalion was mustered out Sept. 6, 1863, and the remainder of the regiment in March 1864.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 356 [Donated by Sherry Baker Frazier]



Companies "A," "B," "C" and "D" organized at Mt. Sterling, Ky., and mustered in November 6, 1862. Other Companies organized at Irvine, Ky., August 21, 1862, to February 13, 1863. Attached to District of Central Kentucky, Dept. Ohio, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 23rd Army Corps, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1863. District North Central Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, to January, 1864. District Southwest Kentucky to March, 1864.

SERVICE-Assigned to duty scouting in mountains of Eastern Kentucky and operating against guerrillas till January, 1864. Owensburg September 19-20, 1862. Brookville September 28. Operations in Bath, Estill, Powell, Clark, Montgomery and Boonsborough Counties October 16-25. Perry County, Kentucky River, November 8. Johnson County December 1. Floyd County December 4. Powell County December 26, 1862, and January 26, 1863. Mt. Sterling March 22. Slate Creek, near Mt. Sterling, June 11. Mud Lick Springs, Bath County, June 13. Operations against Everett's Raid in East Kentucky June 13-23. Triplett's Bridge June 16. Operations against Scott in Eastern Kentucky July 25-August 6. Irvine, Estill County, July 30. Lancaster and Paint Lick Bridge July 31. Lancaster August 1. Mustered out September 16, 1863, to March 24, 1864.

Regiment lost during service. 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 64 Enlisted men by disease. Total 80.





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