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The History of the 4th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry

By Patrick McSherry
Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry passing in review, 1898
The 4th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry passes in review.

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The Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry served its term of service in the continental United States. It did not see service overseas..

The History:

The 4th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service between July 4 and July 27, 1898 at Lexington, Kentucky. At the time of mustering in, the regiment consisted of forty-one officers and 1,268 enlisted men. Only days after the regiment was mustered in, an armistice was reached between the United States and Spain ending the war's fighting.

Initially, the regiment was encamped at Lexington Kentucky where it was assigned o the Third Brigade, Third Division of the First Army Corps.. The regiment remained at Lexington until September 17, 1898 when it was ordered to Camp Shipp near Anniston, Alabama. Here it was reassigned to the First Brigade, First Division of the Third Army Corps. In less than a month, on October 7, the unit was again reassigned to the First Brigade, Second Division of the Fourth Army Corps.

On December 10, 1898, the Spanish American War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

The regiment was mustered out of service on February 12, 1899 at Anniston, Alabama. At the time of muster out, the regiment consisted of forty-six officers and 1,117 enlisted men.

During its term of service, the regiment lost thirteen men to disease, with an addition twenty-nine being discharged on disability. In addition, one man was murdered and sixty men deserted.


Clerk of Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. Vol. 3 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899) 494.

Correspondence relating to the War with Spain And Conditions Growing Out of the Same Including the Insurrection in the Philippine Island and the China Relief Expedition. Vol. 1 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902), 595.

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Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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