The Historical Kentucky Cavalry Brigade
The Kentucky Cavalry Brigade was a brigade of horse
soldiers in the famous Confederate Army of Tennessee, in the Cavalry Corps of Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Wheeler. The
name derives from the
fact that the unit was primarily Kentuckian in it's make-up, and because in the later
part of the war all of the commanders were also Kentuckian.
It was often unofficially and
informally referred to as "the Kentucky cavalry brigade."It had a long and illustrious history in the
great conflict, and comported itself with much honor and accomplishment on the field. It was never captured or surrendered
in combat, and only voluntarily turned itself in to Federal authorities after discharging its last assigned duty,
which was the escort of Confederate president Jefferson Davis as he fled from the collapse of the Southern war effort
in the late spring of 1865.During the war it's most prominent roles were played in the 1863 battle of Chickamauga;
in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, and March to the Sea; and the 1865 Carolina's Campaign, culminating in the last great
battle of the war at Bentonville, North Carolina, in which it opened the fight with an advance on Union forces.