.--Though a Border State and repeatedly overrun with contending armies, Kentucky
furnished 79,025 men in defense of the Union
The State offered no bounties, nor did it enforce a draft; it appealed solely to the patriotism of its people, and its calls for volunteers were met by a loyal, prompt response.
It furnished 51,743 white troops, 314 sailors, 23,703 colore troops and commutation for 3,265; in all, 79,025.
Reduced to a basis of a three-years' enlistment, these troops were equal to 70,832 men. Over ten thousand loyal Kentuckians lost their lives while in the service; and, of the white troops, 2,478 were killed or mortally wounded in battle.
In addition to the volunteer regiments, the State
organized 11 battalions (3,772 men) under sanction of the War Department at Washington
, in July, 1863, which were known as the “Kentucky
State forces,” and which served as “Home Guards.”
Sundry other militia organizations.
numbering 8,704 men, were also called into service and assigned to similar duty.
These troops--12,476 men — were not credited on the State
's quota, although they rendered valuable service to the General Government
in protecting the lines of communications, and in suppressing the guerrilla bands which terrorized the exposed portions of the State