1st Kentucky Cavalry History
Contributed By: Laurel Durham
[Source: Tarrant, E. The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry: A History of the Regiment In the Great War of the Rebellion. Louisville: Press of R. H. Carothers, 1894.]
FIRST KENTUCKY CAVALRY ROSTER OF THE FIELD AND STAFF.
Col. Frank Wolford. Received recruiting commission from Gen. Wm. Nelson, July 15th, 1861. Enrolled July 17, 1861. Entered Camp Dick Robinson, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1861, with Companies A, B, and C, and upon declination of Col. W. J. Landram, assumed command of the regiment, and mustered in as Colonel, October 28, 1861. Was dangerously wounded at the Battle of Lebanon, Tennessee, May 5, 1862, and afterward slightly at Knoxville. Was at different times commander of brigades and his own and other regiments not permanently organized into brigades. He commanded the Independent Cavalry Brigade during the East Tennessee campaign, in the fall of 1863, until the death of Gen. Sanders, November 18th, when he was put in command of the First Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Ohio. Ceased to belong to the service, March 24, 1864.
Col. Silas Adams. Enrolled July 17, 1861. Promoted from Captain Company A, to Lieutenant-Colonel, November 28, 1862, and to Colonel, June 16, 1864. Commanded First Brigade, First Division, Cavalry Corps, after the siege of Knoxville, and also commanded a brigade for some time in the Sherman campaign in Georgia, in 1864. Was captured in Danville, KY, by Pegram's forces, March 24, 1863, but a few days afterward adroitly made his escape from Monticello and returned to his command. See Company A.
Lieut. Col. John W. Letcher. Enrolled July 22, 1861. Mustered in October 28, 1861, and resigned November 28, 1862. Lieut. Col. Francis N. Helveti. Enrolled and entered the service as Major, August 4th, 1861. Mustered in with the regiment, October 28, 1861. Captured by the enemy near Somerset, KY, December 4, 1861. Exchanged, and was absent on detached service until April, 1864. Rejoined the
regiment, and was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel June 16, 1864. Mustered out with the regiment.
Maj. John A. Brents. Enrolled July 27, 1861, and entered the service as Captain of Company C. Promoted to Major on organization of the regiment, and mustered in October 28, 1861. Resigned July 2, 1862.
Maj. William A. Coffey. Date of enrollment not given.