The 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster

The 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster. by Dennis W. Belcher. Published by McFarland Publishing (800-253-2187)

Reviewed by Kraig McNutt.

I just have two main issues with this book. One, I wish it were in hardcover. Two, I wish it were twice as thick. If you have an affinity for regimental histories and also for Union Kentucky regiments then you’re in for a real treat. Belcher did a tremendous job researching this book. He has an ancestor in the 10th Kentucky Infantry and it’s that kind of personal connection that turns works like these into labors of love.

The 10th saw lots of action in the Western Theater, including Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Atlanta. It is filled with personal accounts including 25 war-time letters written by different men in the regiment.

Like most regimental histories, it includes official records of the regiment’s activities, 60 photos, 14 maps, and detailed rosters and descriptions of the unit’s soldiers. 10th Kentucky had 867 men at the beginning of the war and only 140 men made it home to Kentucky after the war. The regiment suffered a 40-percent casualty rate at Chickamauga, and helped break Confederate lines at Jonesboro.

Belcher spent eight years researching this unit and has a top-notch web site he maintains to gather more information on the 10th Kentucky.

For more information:

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1. Organizing the 10th Kentucky      3
2. 10th Kentucky Infantry 1862      23
3. 1863 Through Tullahoma      57
4. Chickamauga      73
5. Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge      98
6. Atlanta Campaign      116

Epilogue: Postwar Biographical Information for the Officers      145
A. 10th Kentucky Roster from the Kentucky Adjutant General’s Report, 1866      161
B. 10th Kentucky Information from the Regimental Record Book      177
C. 10th Kentucky Men Buried at National and Soldiers’ Cemeteries
(Rolls of Honor)      194
D. Letters Written by the Men of the 10th Kentucky Infantry      197
Chapter Notes      213
Bibliography 219
Index 223

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