Kentucky Cavaliers in Dixie: The Reminiscences of a Confederate Cavalryman

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CHAPTER II.
ORGANIZATION OF THE FOURTH KENTUCKY CAVALRY-THE MUSTER ROLLS.

"There many a youthful knight, full keen To gain his spars, in arms was seen."

THE Fourth Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, nearly nine hundred strong, was fully organized at Salyersville, Ky., on the 5th day of October, 1862. Henry L. Giltner was made Colonel; M. T. Pryor, Lieutenant-Colonel; Nathan Parker, Major; S. S. Scott, Surgeon; Geo. T. Campbell, Captain-Commissary; Geo. T. Atkins, Captain-Quarter- master; Terah M. Freeman, Adjutant, and R. Frank Harrison, Sergeant-Major. Charles Duncan, of Covington, Ky., had been adjutant, temporarily, and Captain Campbell was eventually succeeded in the commissary department by Captain Jacob Yeager.

The final organization of companies was as follows: Company A, Captain Wm. B. Ray; Company B, Captain John G. Scott; Company C, Captain J. T. Alexander; Company D, Captain Thomas E. Moore; Company E, Captain Sam Duncan; Company F, Captain Thomas M. Barrett; Company G, Captain Loss Revill, succeeded by Captain James T. Willis; Company I, Captain John J. Marshall; Company K, Captain Shuck Whittaker. When Major Parker was killed, Captain Ray became Major, and Lieutenant Ben Duncan became Captain of Company A. When Captain Marshall was killed, Lieutenant H. S. Chilton succeeded to the captaincy of Company I, and when Captain Sam Duncan was captured at Rheatown, Tenn., Lieutenant H. H. Adcock succeeded to the command of Company E, retaining it until the close of the war.

The companies were made up of men from the counties of Harrison, Bourbon, Pendleton, Kenton, Campbell, Boone, Grant, Gallatin, Owen, Henry, Carroll, Trimble and Oldham, Some were from Louisville, others from different parts of the State, and not a few from other States.

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