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Hello, my G-G-G- grandfather was a member of the 52nd Kentucky mounted infantry regiment during the civil war. I have all of his war records etc......... I have scoured and read all I can and still cannot answer a few questions??? What were the general issue weapons of the 52nd and what was the uniform? Was hoping perhaps one of you might know the answer. thanks, Craig
 

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I can't help you other than the bump (but I'll see what other odd info I might find from my Kentucky -Civil War resource material at home).

I do have a few questions though.

What County was your GGG grandfather from, what nationality (other than American) was he identified with, and what was his religion if you know?

In Tennessee and Kentucky some rather odd lines (county, religion, country of origin) were drawn in determining whether someone went to the Confederate side or Union.
 

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Here is a site that has a book on the 52nd for sale: http://www.researchonline.net/kycw/unit157.htm

My guess it that a mounted infantry regiment intended mostly for home defense would have been armed with Enfields or Springfields. Sharps breechloaders and Spencer repeaters, while used by mounted infantry regiments, probably would have been reserved for frontline troops such as Wilder's Lightning Brigade. I have a good number of books on the War Between the States in Kentucky at home, when I get there for Christmas I will check to see if there are any mentions of the 52nd.

It looks like your great, great, great grandfather just missed out on taking a shot at three of my ancestors. They rode with Morgan in the 11th Kentucky Cavalry but were taken captive at Buffington Island in July 1863.

You may want to contact the Kentucky Military History Museum (http://history.ky.gov/sub.php?pageid=24&sectionid=8) or the Kentucky Historical Society (http://history.ky.gov/index.php) to see if they have any info.

Happy hunting
 

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Hello, He lived in edmonson co. in a little place called Boiling Springs near Brownsville. As far as religion I do not know for sure although I do know his grandson in later years donated land to build a church and cemetary on(it was either a baptist or church of christ) will have to look. French/English ancestry( we settled Virginia in 1666). I do know that he had left edmonson co. with his wife in the 1850's as their oldest daughter was born in Missouri in 1858. Before 1860 they came back to Ky. I have the order of battle for the 52nd and theygot as far south as Alabama. Appreciate the help alot. Thanks, Craig
 
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