1st Kentucky Cavalry

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1st Kentucky Cavalry Regiment
1st (3rd) Kentucky Cavalry
3rd (Butler's) Kentucky Cavalry Regiment
Active October 28, 1861–April 26, 1865 (1st)
Summer 1862–April 26, 1865 (3rd)
Country  Confederate States of America
Allegiance Kentucky
Branch  Confederate States Army
Type Regiment
Role Cavalry
Size 698 (1st, total)
1.515 (3rd, total)

American Civil War

Col. Benjamin Hardin Helm
Col. John Adams
Col. J. Russell Butler

The 1st Kentucky Cavalry Regiment was a cavalry regiment in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War; serving mostly in the Army of Tennessee. In late 1862 it was consolidated to constitute the 1st (3rd) Kentucky Cavalry, usually known as 3rd (Butler's) Kentucky Cavalry. The 3rd continued to served for the duration of the war.


The 1st Kentucky Cavalry was organized at Bowling Green, Kentucky and was mustered into the Confederate States Army on October 28, 1861. Commanded by Colonel Benjamin Hardin Helm the regiment briefly served in the Orphan Brigade before being brigaded with the 8th Texas Cavalry under the overall command of Joseph Wheeler. In October 1862 the depleted regiment was reformed as battalion and consolidated with the newly organized 3rd Kentucky Cavalry of Col. J. Russell Butler. In this composition it continued to serve in the Army of Tennessee for the duration of the war; usually as part of the Kentucky Cavalry Brigade in Gen. Wheeler's Corps. It surrendered with the army near Bennett Place in North Carolina on April 26, 1865.[1][2][3]


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  1. ^ "The Historical First Kentucky Cavalry". 1st Kentucky Cavalry Volunteers. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Helms')". National Park Service - Soldies and Sailors System. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "3rd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry". National Park Service - Soldies and Sailors System. Retrieved 25 September 2016.