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Re: Woodward's 2nd Ky. Cavalry, CSA

Greg,

Once again, Thank you beyond all words, your knowledge and time spent researching is extremely evident. This has helped a lot. I believe I have finally gotten a good idea of the units which my ancestors were apart of. Information has said they were both in Woodward's 2nd 15th cavalry, however the younger brother was said to have enlisted in July 1861 and the other (my grandfather) on Dec. 9th. Details from library of special collections at WKU suggests the younger brother participated in raids with Woodward and Morgan in the Fall of 1862. He had originally enlisted for one year, but upon the army insisting on 3 year enlistments, the "entire group" of kentuckians "immediately reenlisted" according to a letter written later. My speculation is this is the small group of men who remained with Woodward through the late summer and Fall and then merged with his new 2nd/15th KY which unofficially formed in the late fall/winter (Dec. 9 enlistment date), before being officially filed in January 1863.

This is just speculation from context clues and dates from many various sources I have found.

I know you have detailed Woodward's death in 1864 in Hoptown, do you happen to know when the unit itself officially surrendered? The younger brother I've described is recorded to have joined under command of Forrest in Feb. 1863, while I cannot find information outside of what you've provided and a few dates recorded for what become of Co. B that my G.G.G. grandfather was in. Once Woodward was ousted/killed I have never been able to find an official date of when my G.G.G. Grandfather returned home, however context clues lead me to believe he did not return until after the war in 1865 so my guess is this unit, or at least the men who comprised it went on to fight in various capacities for the remainder of the war with or without Woodward. What are your thoughts?

Is there anyway I can private exchange an email address with you? Id be very interesting in continuing to dialogue about things if you are willing. Thank you again Greg.

Anthony

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