History of the Orphan Brigade - Inventory Number: HIS 049
The History of the Orphan Brigade, one of the first Civil War histories originally completed after the close of hostilities. The History of the First Kentucky Brigade, written by Ed Porter Thompson, was a massive undertaking, which began in November 1864, during the final winter of the War, and concluded with the first printing in 1868.
In 1898, Thompson revised, updated, and renamed the book History of the Orphan Brigade, resulting in this enormous work of 1,004 pages, plus 76 illustrations.
Considered the definitive history of this famous brigade, it provides a thorough background on the formation, staffing, component units, battles, and leadership throughout the War. It takes you from the Kentucky parade grounds in the summer of 1861, to the recruitment and training camps on the Tennessee border, and through the battles at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, and Atlanta. Thompson develops a wonderful history of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiments, as well as detailed accounts of Artillery, Cavalry and other brigade units.
Inventory Number: HIS 049