• Source: Frederick H. Dyer's Compendium of the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865


Organized at Camp Kenton In fall of 1861 and mustered In January 27, 1862.
Attached to 18th Brigade, Army of Ohio, to March, 1862.
Unattached, Army of Ohio. to November, 1862.
District of West Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to June, 1863.
2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of Ohio, to August, 1863.
1st Brigade. 2nd Division. 23rd Army Corps, to April, 1864.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps. to March, 1865.
1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1865.



• Source: The State Adjutant General's Report

War of the Rebellion: Official Records

• Source: War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies"

A 128 volume set of books published by the government in the late 1800's
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16th Kentucky Vol. Infantry

Commanders & Leaders
Relative to the 16th Kentucky Vol. Infantry

23rd Corps Badges


James Noble Shepherd was a member of Company H of the 16th Kentucky Vol. Infantry from its inception in 1861 till its muster out in 1865. During his service with the Union Army he served as Private, Wagoneer and on February 1st 1864 was appointed Corporal in Company H by Colonel Gault.

The following was taken from Timelife Books - "Arms and Equipment of the Union". A July Thunderstorm claimed the life of Adjutant Joe Dudley, player of a Circular Cornet for the 16th Kentucky Infantry Band. Dudley died in 1864 when his tent, pitched in a field in Fulton County, Georgia was struck by a falling tree. (A picture of the Circular Cornet will accompany this paragraph in the near future.)

Andrew Jackson Kiser, b.5 August 1841 in Russell County, VA, and d. 29 November 1938 in Ajlune, Washington. "Andrew served 3 years and 3 days in Company C of the 16th Kentucky Infantry, enlisting 3/20/1861. He served under General Sherman. In the 1890 Special Census of Union Veterans, Russell County, was listed at Dumps Creek Post Office, and his disability was 'Ankle and foot broke.'"

Marcus A.D.L. Allen Enlisted on Sept. 23rd 1861 by Capt. James W. Gault at Camp Kenton Kentucky. He was appointed 5th Sgt. on Sept. 23rd 1861. On January 27th, 1862 he was appointed 2nd Sgt. On January 27th, 1862 he was mustered into service at Camp Lee. Mr. Allen was promoted to 1st Sgt. March 13th, 1862 then to 2nd Lt. on June 3rd, 1863 to fill a vacancy caused by the promotion of G.M. DeGaruno. 2nd Lt. Marcus A.D.L. Allen remained a 2nd Lt. of Company A of the 16th Ky Infantry till his death at Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn. of disease on June 17th, 1864 at the young age of 24. A photo of Lt. Marcus Allen's presentaion sword is below.

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The sword is a Model 1850 Staff and Field, produced by W. Clauberg, Solingen. The upper edge has the inscription: J.J. Hirschbuhl, Lou. Ky. On the left side, on the fuller, is the inscription: Presented to Lieut. M.A.D. Allen. On the right side is the inscription: By his Company 16th Regt Ky Vols.

Winchester Bryon Rudy was born March 27, 1840 in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. He enlisted in Company "C" of the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry on August 10, 1861 and served in the army until January 27, 1865 when he was discharged. The 16th Kentucky Volunteer regiment was mustered-into U.S. service on January 27, 1862. In January 1864 Rudy was reassigned to the 13th Kentucky, 23rd Army Corps for which he served in a Division headquarters’ position until his discharge. He then returned to Maysville where he lived until his death on February 27, 1920. He is buried in the Maysville and Mason County Cemetery.

From October 17, 1861 until June 17, 1864, Sgt. Rudy maintained a Daily Diary which is now in the possession of his great grandson, Harry T. Voige. It traces his travels from Maysville through eastern and central Kentucky, to eastern Tennessee, and thence to northern Georgia. What follows is a paraphrased monthly summary of places, personalities and events as recorded in that diary. His Diary has been donated to the University of Kentucky and actual diary images can be viewed at the following link Diary Archives. (Click Link Above to View Diary)

Oliver B Doyle was born in Lewis County, Kentucky in 1837. Initially he was 1st Sergeant, Co. B. He joined for duty 17 Sep 1861 for three years. He was discharged as 1st Sgt, S.O. 256, D.O. 7 July 1863 to accept a commission as 2nd Lt, vice John L HAMMER, who was promoted. Oliver was promoted to 2nd Lt on 20 July 1862. He was mustered out of service by S.O. 106 , War Dept, 3 March 1865 under provisions of Cir 75, 22 Sep 1864. After he was discharged he lived in Manchester, Adams Co., Ohio where he was buried in 1879.

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