39th Ky. Mounted Infantry
I was doing some research on the 39th Ky Mounted Infantry, a Union regiment raised in East Ky (In which my great great grandfather was a captain), and I found an interesting little tidbit I wanted to submit for your approval:
Upon the first muster, the commander wrote that the men were clothed in every conceivable type of clothing a man could wear, and out of 400 men in the regiment, he "personally counted 200 different types of firearms" . They were kept in East Ky. throughout the war, and acted as a sort of mounted patrol, fighting in almost every engagement in the area. As far as I can tell, they carried their own weapons too.
If someone wanted to raise an authentic group portraying the 39th, it would be a very interesting looking crew.
I know a great many units on both sides went into battle at first with an odd assortment of uniforms and weapons, but the more i study great great grandaddy Sop's unit, the more it seems to be am extreme case of "do what you can with what you have".
1st Lt. David Harrington
Commonwealth battery, 10th Ky. Mounted Inf. CSA