The North and the South from Henry County
Blackaby, Carey Allen; 9th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry (CSA), Company”G”
Adler, August: Musician, enl.10/5/64, m.i. 2/20/65, m.o.
9/1/65 ; Co. "E", 54th Ky Mounted Infantry (US).
Castle (State) Guards
Guerilla activity was a problem in Henry County all through the War, as
it was in most of Kentucky. Having seen
what was happening in Kansas, the Kentucky legislature took action to provide
for a force in each County to deal with guerrilla activity, and Home Defense.
They passed a law organizing the militia into the Kentucky State Guard.
Governor Beriah Magoffin signed this act into law, March 5, 1860:
Be it enacted by the
General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky That the Kentucky Militia shall
be divided into three classes: 1st The Active or Volunteer Militia, 2nd. The
3rd. The Militia of the Reserves. The Volunteer of Active
Militia shall be styled the Kentucky State Guard.
County unit of the Kentucky State
Guard was formed in New Castle, and commissioned 14 July 1860 as the New Castle
Guards. The initial officers were:
H. M. Buckley, Captian; Joseph Brinker, 1st Lieutenant; Ben. B. Gray, 2nd
Lieutenant; and R. L. Shouse, 3rd Lieutenant.
served later in the War as Colonel of the 54th Kentucky Volunteer Mounted
Infantry, a unit made up largely of Henry county men.