Kentucky Brigade (Infantry and Cavalry)
> > The reason that it would not be the Kentucky Brigade is that theScholars,
> list of battles includes the
> > siege of Vicksburg. Becuase the list includes Vicksburg and
> Jackson, the regiment must
> > be a federal unit, since none of the forces that defended Vicksburg
> during the siege were
> > also defending Jackson.
> I did consider that, but the Kentucky Brigade did help lift the 1st
> siege of Vicksburg, July 1862, before attacking Baton Rouge.Then they
> were with Johnston's Relief Force at Jackson.
In addition, the Kentucky Brigade was converted into cavalry before the
Savannah Campaign of 1864. They were attached to Wheeler's Cavalry Corps
during the March to the Sea, and later operated in South Carolina.
According to William C. Davis's ORPHAN BRIGADE, they were in South Carolina,
when the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville were being fought in North
Carolina from March 16-22, 1865. Also, there was several Kentucky cavalry
regiments serving with Wheeler's Cavalry Corps that was known as
Breckinridge's Brigade. They were assigned to Hampton's provisional force,
and screened the movement of the Army of Georgia, USA from Averasboro to
Bentonville. Later, Colonel W. C. P. Breckinridge was assigned to escort
the Confederate cabinet from Greensboro, NC south.
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