Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Kentucky Military Institute Gave Some

In the digital collections of the Kentucky Historical Society are a number of photographs from the 1859 class of the Kentucky Military Institute. As one might expect a number of these young men found their way into the Civil War. A large number of the students were from Southern states and thus fought for the Confederacy. Some of the images have information about which unit that the individual served with and if they died during the war; others I have found with basic internet searches. Unfortunately, on some, I was not able to find any soldier information, but still included them here. However, as the majority of military age men in the South served, it is probably safe to say they went to war.
In the digital collections of the Kentucky Historical Society are a number of photographs from the 1859 class of the Kentucky Military Institute. As one might expect a number of these young men found their way into the Civil War. A large number of the students were from Southern states and thus fought for the Confederacy. Some of the images have information about which unit that the individual served with and if they died during the war; others I have found with basic internet searches. Unfortunately, on some, I was not able to find any definitive soldier information, but still included them here. However, as the majority of military age men in the South served, it is probably safe to say they went to war.


Thomas Booth from Carrollton, Mississippi. The image is marked, "The Utility & evils of innovation."


R.C. Coleman from Church Hill, Mississippi became captain of Company H, 40th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. He was killed at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi on September 19, 1862. The image is marked "Southern Education" on the front and on the back that he was killed "while gallantly leading and cheering on his men."
R.C. Coleman from Church Hill, Mississippi became captain of Company H, 40th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. He was killed at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi on September 19, 1862. The image is marked "Southern Education" on the front and on the back that he was killed "while gallantly leading and cheering on his men."


P.G. Roussel from Bonnet Carre, Louisiana. P.G. Roussel from Bonnet Carre, Louisiana.

L. Charles Roussel from Bonne Carre, Louisiana and obviously the brother of P.G. Roussel, above. This image is inscribed "Faith and Reason." L. Charles Roussel from Bonne Carre, Louisiana and obviously the brother of P.G. Roussel, above. This image is inscribed "Faith and Reason."

J.W. Kemper from St. Joseph Missouri served in the 3rd Missouri Infantry Regiment (CSA) and died at Coffeyville, Mississippi on October 30, 1862 after being wounded at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi. The image is marked, "American Filibusterism."
J.W. Kemper from St. Joseph Missouri served in the 3rd Missouri Infantry Regiment (CSA) and died at Coffeyville, Mississippi on October 30, 1862 after being wounded at the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi. The image is marked, "American Filibusterism."


E.R. Archinard was from Alexandria, Louisiana. A search shows he served as a captain in the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of the Louisiana Militia.  The image is marked "Heart Yearnings."



D.W. Ramsay was from Allentown, Alabama. The photograph is marked "Ireland: as she is & as she should be." Ramsay served as a captain of Company B in the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment.



Ben Morrison's photograph is marked "Modern Greece." He died at Guadalupe County, Texas on April 18, 1861, probably from disease.


The one Northerner was assistant math instructor and 1858 graduate H.V.N. Boynton. Interestingly, he served in the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which spent a significant period of his wartime service in Kentucky. He was from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The one Northerner was assistant math instructor and 1858 graduate H.V.N. Boynton. Interestingly he served in the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which spent a significant period of his wartime service in Kentucky. He was from Cincinnati, Ohio.

9 comments:

  1. Also with Boynton, he would be one of the main men behind the establishment of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and for the time the Park's Commisioner.

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  2. RC Coleman died in the Battle of Iuka Iuka, MS
    The town is hosting the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Iuka
    Labor Day Weekend: Aug 31-Sept 2, 2012
    Historic Mineral Springs Park
    Iuka, Mississippi
    Re-enactment is Sunday 2 P.M. but activities leading up to it begin Friday including a Descendant's runion on Saturday www.battleofiuka.com

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  3. Can you identify the web site at KMI to review all of the photos? Tim Burgess

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  4. Tim, Those images are from KHS. You can see them online at:
    http://www.kyhistory.com/cdm/compoundobject/collection/PH/id/2653/rec/3

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  5. This is so neat, Thomas Jefferson Booth is my tripple greatgrandfather, my mother still lives on the land that has been handed down for generations. I have never seen a picture of Thomas Booth, His daughter, married a Riddle which is my greatgrand father's Mother, if I have the story correct. I am glad that I stumbled across this. Thanks.

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  6. I feel so honored to help facilitate your connection to your family history. I know that it is pretty special finding a rare photo of an ancestor, as I, too, recently found one.

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  7. I'm curious about the source for E.R. Archinard dying at Shiloh? I am distantly related to him through his wife and he died June 24, 1887 in New Orleans. In the Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity from 1890 he is listed as a member of the Iota Chapter, Kentucky Military Institute, Class of 1859, gives his military service as 1st Lt., Co. A, 19th La, Avegno Zouaves, C.S.A. and as Maj. New Orleans Militia under Gen. J.L. Lewis, defence of New Orleans. It also states he died in 1887.

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    1. I got the information that Archinard died at Shiloh from the note on the photograph at the Kentucky Historical Socitey. Since that time a notes appears to be have been added saying that he married at about that time. Here is the link: http://www.kyhistory.com/cdm/compoundobject/collection/PH/id/2653/rec/1

      I've taken that information off the post now. Thanks for the correction.

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