Civil War Talk Radio: November 2, 2007

by Brett Schulte on November 2, 2007 · 0 comments

Air Date: 110207
Subject: The 15th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.)
Book:  The Battle Rages Higher: The Union’s Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry
Guest: Kirk C. Jenkins

Summary: Kirk C. Jenkins discusses the battles inside and outside of the 15th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.).

Brett’s Summary: Kirk C. Jenkins, a lawyer in Chicago, is a native of Kentucky.  His inspiration for a book on the 15th Kentucky came after he found out his GGG Grandfather had been killed at Stones’ River.  After further research he discovered he had many other relatives in the same regiment.

The Union 15th Kentucky was raised in central Kentucky in mostly heavily slaveholding communities, making it all the more remarkable that this was a Union regiment.  Many of these men had to literally start over in life after breaking ties with their Southern-leaning relatives.  I found it interesting that many of the officers of the regiment decided to resign en masse when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached them.  Although the politically motivated resignations were denied, says Jenkins, most of these men found ways to escape further service.  The men, on the other hand, mostly decided to continue on, even if preserving the Union meant entirely destroying the only way of life they ever knew.

Gerry and Mr. Jenkins mainly discussed the 15th‘s participation at Perryville and Stones’ River, so I am not sure what other battles they were involved in.

The last segment talked about some new projects for the author, one of which is a study of how Lincoln’s record of wins and losses as a lawyer in Illinois.

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