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.
The 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:
- The Tenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (author’s web site)
- Google Books version of Belcher’s book
- Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Table of Contents
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