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About the Third Kentucky
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The Third Kentucky, Company C is a member of the Tennessee Valley Battalion, commanded by Col. Bill Andrews. Other members of the Tennessee Valley Battalion include: 1st Arkansas (British), 1st Arkansas (Clan McGregor), 7th Arkansas, 7th Kentucky, 8th Kentucky, 20th Mississippi, 5th Tennessee, 31st Tennessee, 48th Tennessee and the 50th Tennessee.
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Current Roster of the Third
1st Cpl. John Britton
3318 Cornelia Dr.
Louisville, KY 40220
2nd Cpl.Brian Davis
1395 Lampkins Rd.
Cottage Grove,TN 38256
3rd Cpl. David Pruit
9540 Tom Counce Rd.
South Fulton, TN 38057
4th Cpl. Jeremy Lynton
3607 Goldsmith Ln.
Louisville, KY 40220
Bob `` Gabby`` Adams
Original Roster of the Third Kentucky, Company C
History of the Third Kentucky
At Shiloh the Third was under Breckinridge in a brigade consisting of the Fourth Alabama, Thirty-First Alabama, the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Kentucky , commanded by General Trabue. The Third was first deployed in the rear and to the right of General Polk's line. General Beauregard ordered the detachment of the Third Kentucky, Fourth Alabama Battalion and Crew's Tennessee battalion with Byrn's battery, to the right to support General Anderson. Col. Trabue continued to push his lines forward. He moved them into the woods which he found thick with underbrush, but they continued to move forward. General Breckinridge decided to charge, and announced he would lead the men. General Johnston also accompanied them. They swept the line through a storm of fire over a hill and across the intervening revine and up the slope occupied by the enemy. Nothing could withstand it. The enemy broke and were pursued by the Kentuckians. One hundred and seventy-four men from the Third Kentucky men were lost at Shiloh, including all regimental officers who were engaged.
They remained at Port Hudson until August 20, 1862, when they set out for Jackson, Mississippi. General Breckinridge had received orders to take the Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Kentucky Regiments and report to General Bragg,who was on his way to Central Kentucky. The Third, Seventh and Eighth were separated from the other Kentuckians for the remainder of the war . They became a part of what was to be called the Army of West Tennessee.
Returning to Port Hudson they were soon ordered to reinforce Bragg at Tullahoma. While still in route to Tullahoma they were ordered to turn back and assist General Pemberton at Vicksburg. It was at Vicksburg the Third lost their beloved General Tilghman who was directing the fire of his artillery.
By March of 1864 the Third's numbers were small, and with no hope of recruiting from their native state, they were ordered to report to General Forrest. It was generally understood that Forrest would move in the direction of their homes in Western Kentucky . While horses were in short supply for the Kentuckians who joined up with Forrest, knew he was heading toward Kentucky, and they agreed they would start out on foot. The Kentuckians were divided into four brigades, the third brigade which was composed of the Third Kentucky, commanded by Lt. Col. G.A.C. Holt, along with the Seventh, Eighth and Twelfth Kentucky. The brigade was under the command of Col A.P. Thompson. General Buford was assigned to command a division which was composed of Bell's and Thompson's brigades. On March 15, 1864 they began to head north, towards home. General Forrest moved the Kentuckians towards Paducah. When they were within three miles of Paducah they encountered Union pickets and pushed them back to their encampment on the outskirts of Paducah. When within range of the fort, the federals opened artillery fire on the Confederates. The Kentuckians continued to move forward through the streets of the town, taking cover behind buildings. As they moved closer to the fort, it was discovered that it was surrounded by a deep ditch with perpendicular banks which rendered its crossing impossible. A retreat was ordered but they continued to trade fire with the fort until nightfall. The causalities in numbers were light . However A.P. Thompson was killed by cannon shot while leading his troops.
After a successful venture into Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee, Forrest and his men returned to Mississippi. Brice's Crossroads was perhaps one of the most significant engagements the Third fought. They were under the command for General H. B. Lyon. The Third, along with the Eighth and Twelfth Kentucky moved directly down on the concentrated Federal batteries around Brice's house. Although they were greatly outnumbered they not only contained the federals, the federals were routed.
At Franklin the Kentuckians encountered the Union forces on Winstead Hill. A line of skirmishers were in front of the Kentucky units. The Kentuckians engaged the enemy, moving at a right oblique to allof the infantry to form. As luck had it, it was the twelfth Louisiana who formed on their right. They had brigaded together before the Third had become mounted, and therefore each had confidence in the other. The federals were driven across the Harpeth river. After Franklin the Kentuckians, under the leadership of General Forrest pursued and engaged the enemy all the way back to Nashville.
They continued to fight bravely throughout the remained of the war. They were surrendered on May 6, 1865 at Columbus, Mississippi.
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