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History: Columbia on 20 Nov 2014 in 1861

It was a good day - if there can be a good day in war - for Union Soldiers in Columbia, KY, who got four months pay, new uniforms, a Navy pistol, before the soldiers shipped out for Camp Billy Williams, at "Neetsville" on Green River in northeastern Adair County. Located on Dunnville Road.

By Eddie & Tiffany Kessler

Text taken from the book, The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry - A History of the Regiment in the Great War of the Rebellion 1861-1865. The book is written/composed in 1894 by Sergeant E. Tarrantt, A Headquarter Clerk:
"The ten companies under command of Col. Frank Wolford, with Bramlette's regiment, were ordered to Columbia, Ky., arriving there about November 20th [1861]. There we found the Fifth Kentucky Cavalry, under Col. D.R. Haggard in course of formation, and also the Ninth Infantry, under Col. Grider.

"While the regiment was at Columbia, the Paymaster came and paid off the men for four months' service. The Navy pistol was issued to them, and the boys were now pretty well armed as Cavalry. They also drew full suits of navy blue, which enhanced the looks of the men at least fifty per cent, as many of them had been used to the plain homespun garb of their mothers' and sisters' manufacture."
It goes on to say the regiment received new orders on December 6th and left for Camp Billy Williams, near "Neetsville", on Green River. - Eddie & Tiffany Kessler

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