brigade, and the remnant of General Morgan
's command brought from Southwestern Virginia
by General Duke
, as heretofore detailed.
The Third, Seventh and Eighth Kentucky regiments, which at one time or another were associated with those of Lewis
' brigade, received their paroles in the West
As has been stated, they were mounted quite a year before the Orphan brigade, and served with Forrest
One of their most notable fights was that at Paducah
, March 25th, 1864, in which after a severe conflict, General Forrest
was compelled to retire with serious loss.
Here in sight of his home the gallant Col. A. P. Thompson
, of the Third Kentucky, met his death, in the full tide of battle.
And thus the curtain fell upon the great drama which for four years held the eyes of the world, filled the soil of the South
with the graves of her sons and of their opponents, and wrapped the whole country in woe and the South
To the Kentucky
soldier the end brought sorrow equal to that of the more Southern States, since their hopes and affections had been as warmly enlisted in the cause for which they fought as those of any other State.
At first it seemed that they would be denied even the privilege of returning home, as, although the right was granted in their paroles, the attorney-general
, who was a Kentuckian, rendered an opinion that Kentucky
not being within the Southern Confederacy, soldiers from those States had forfeited their homes and would not be permitted to return.
After several weeks, however, this decision was rescinded, and gradually the weary and footsore found their way back to the paternal roof.
The welcome which there awaited them went far to repay them for all the trials through which they had gone and to encourage them to gird their loins for a new struggle in the more peaceful pursuit of a livelihood.
The condition was changed from that which prevailed at the time of the Federal
occupation, and during the war