The Civil War in Kentucky

Grave's Battery
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Graves Battery was led by Major Rice E. Graves Jr., was a part of the First Kentucky C Company, led by General John C. Breckinridge. This company was, in turn, a component of the First Kentucky Brigade, nicknamed the "Orphan Brigade".


Major Rice Evan Graves Jr., was attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on a Presidential appointment recommended by the Kentucky second congressional district representative Samuel O. Peyton, when he resigned to join the Confederate Army at Camp Boone in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee now incorporated and merged intoClarksville, Tennessee, according docucments on file at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Graves was born in Virginia and raised nearYelvington, Kentucky, about 12 miles east of Owensboro, Kentucky



Fort Donelson-in Dover, Tennessee; Fortification for the defense of Bowling Green, Kentucky; Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he was wounded in action twice; Battle of Shiloh; Defense of Vicksburg, 1862; Siege of Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta Campaign; Battle of Stockbridge; Oconee River Bridge; South Carolina Campaign; Surrender at Washington, Georgia. Major Graves was killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga in Georgia.


The roster of this unit contains 73 names. The National Archive index contains only 3 names.

Grave's Battery Roster



Crute - Units of the Confederate States Army
Sifakis - The Compendium of the Confederate Armies

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