Re: Woodward's 2nd Ky. Cavalry, CSA
I am interested in learning more about my great-grandfather John Kellow who, according to his Pension Application was a member of Woodward's 2nd Kentucky Cavalry . Here is what I know: under command of General Hood, his regiment carried orders to General Lyon who had entered Hopkinsville KY. Upon their return as they were crossing the Cumberland they found that Gen. Hood had retreated south. Unable to get through Federal lines, they formed a band in Dec. 1864 which they maintained (loosely) as they were also living periodically with friends and relations in Middle Tenn. At the end of the war, he was thrown into the Clarksville jail, tried and sentence to be hanged. Miss Alice Mathis, whom he later married, began tireless efforts to save his life. With the aid of three friends, William Taylor, Charles Meriwether and Gip Irving, Miss Mathis succeeded in buying his captors off and had him transferred to Russellville, Ky. Not fancying the feelings in Russellville, she had him transferred to Bowling Green and finally to Louisville. Here she bought his freedom and they married on December 13, 1865. (I got this information from his obituary in the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle.)
The War Dept wrote that they had no record of his being with Woodward--only his first service with Tenn 14th Infantry which he joined in 1861. His handwriting is hard to read and I'm not sure whether he joined Woodward--he said it had been disbanded and was being reorganized--in Aug of 62 or 63. ( He was granted a pension in 1925).
I don't know what crimes he was charged with.
I would be grateful for any information or leads that anyone has.