August 29, 2013

Traces of Laurel: Civil War, Part 2



This book goes on to list three other Laurel County men who served as sergeants (John Little, Solomon H. Kuhn, and James Dees) as well as six who obtained the rank of corporal:  William Metcalf, Jasper Pearl, William Burnes, George W. Johnson, Felix Casteel, and Samuel Black.

Of course all those who served as privates are listed, too, but that list is too long for this column.  You can read the whole report at the Laurel County Historical Society.  Other information contained in the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Civil War, Union, Vol. II on Co. A, 24th Kentucky Infantry includes lists of those who were discharged or transferred, who deserted, or who died in service.

I’m not through with the history of the Civil War in Laurel County but more will have to wait until next week.  I also want to do further research into the work of Ernest Andes, Laurel County historian of an earlier era.


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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Visit the historical society’s website:  Email the society at or Jan Sparkman at

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
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