Portrait of Gordon Granger

On October 7, 1862, Major General Horatio Wright, commanding Department of the Ohio, issued Special Order No. 51, assigning Major General Gordon Granger to command the newly created Army of Kentucky. [Library of Congress]

Army of Kentucky (USA) (1862–1863), Facts

October 7, 1862–June 8, 1863

Key facts about the Union Army of Kentucky.

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Formation Date

  • October 7, 1862

Dissolution Date

  • June 8, 1863

Commanders

Significance

  • On October 7, 1862, Major General Horatio Wright, commanding Department of the Ohio, issued Special Order No. 51, assigning Major General Gordon Granger to command the newly created Army of Kentucky.
  • On October 31, 1862, Major General Gordon Granger reported that the Army of Kentucky had 19, 751 enlisted men and 939 0fficers present for duty.
  • On January 20, 1863, Major General Horatio Wright sent Major General Gordon Granger and most of the Army of the Kentucky “to the Department of the Cumberland, to operate with the forces within that department.”
  • Brigadier General Absalom Baird’s division of the Army of Kentucky fought at the Battle of Thompson’s Station in Williamson County, Tennessee on March 5, 1863.
  • The Army of Kentucky defeated Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s forces at the First Battle of Franklin (aka the battle of Harpeth River) on April 10, 1863.
  • On June 8, 1863, Major General William S. Rosecrans, commanding Department of the Cumberland, issued Special Field Order No. 156 disbanding the Army of Kentucky.
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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Army of Kentucky (USA) (1862–1863), Facts
  • Coverage October 7, 1862–June 8, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Union Army of Kentucky
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 2, 2021
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