I have a 2nd Great Grandfather who was a Union soldier from Kentucky. He went AWOL and is labeled "deserter" on the documents I got from the National Archives.
I know he was "arrested" by a Deputy Provost Marshall and was taken to Cattlesburg, KY.
Where do I find the rest of the story? There has to be records of a trial, more documents regarding the arrest, etc. I know that he lived to be an old man...so they did execute him. But, what happened between the arrest and the end of the war?
I do have a document from the National Archives that shows a "Special Order" from the War Department in which it states that per the request of the Governor of Kentucky that my 2nd Great Grandfather " is honorably discharged the service of the United States, to enable him to accept a commission in another regiment." This letter is dated Dec. 31, 1863.
This gentleman's file and story seems very twisted and strange...or at least what portion of the files that I have received. He was never listed on the roster of the second regiment, but was commissioned a "2nd. Lieutenant" in the 45th Reg. KY Inf.
Also, when in the 16th Reg. KY Inf. (his first unit) he entered as a Private and then worked his way up to Corporal and then Sargeant. A short time before he deserted he was reduced to the rank of Private. Soooo, what happened here? Are there daily records or disciplinary records for Company K, 16th Reg. KY Inf.?
Now, the family legend is that he was a Union spy. I supposs that sounds better than a deserter. Anyway, I would like to find the records of this arrest and the subsequent trial...if there was one. I need some help.
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