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Kentucky's United States Colored Troops
8th U.S. Colored Field Artillery (Heavy) Regiment
(1st Regiment Kentucky Heavy Artillery, African Descent, redesignated, 7th U.S. Colored Field Artillery (Heavy), final designation, 8th U.S.F.A. (H)

Source: John E. Trowbridge, Archivist, Kentucky Historical  Society, Frankfort, Kentucky
"Listed below is the regimental designations at the end of the Civil War. Many regiments when organized were assigned to State or Corps d' Afrique designations and redesignated after the establishment of  the Bureau of Colored Troop on May 22, 1863 under General Order No. 143 by order of the Secretary of War.
Four regiments maintained State designations throughout the war: 54th and 55 Massachusetts Volunteers, 5th Massachusetts Colored Calvalry, and the 29th Connecticut Infantry." The 8th U.S.C.F.A. (H) performed garrison duty at  Paducah, Kentucky. Source: Bennie J. McRae Jr.

  • March  25, Fort Anderson, Kentucky, the 8th U.S.C.F.A. (H) is engaged in a skirmish.
  • April 26, 1864, the 8th U.S.C.F.A. (H) is formed at Paducah, Kentucky
  • April 26, 1864, - February 10, 1866, the 8th U.S.F.C.F.A. (H) is operating from Paducah, Kentucky.
  • July 26-27 1864, the 8th U.S.C.F.A. (H) participated in an expedition from Paducah, Kentucky to Haddix's Ferry,  Kentucky.
  • August 27, 1864, the 8th U.S.C.F.A. (H) is engaged in a skirmish near Haddix's Ferry, Kentucky.
  • February 10, 1866, Victoria, Texas, the 8th U.S.C.F.A. is mustered out of the Army.
    Fort Anderson, Kentucky  Skirmish

    Location: McCracken County
    Champaign: Forrest's Expedition into West Tennessee and Kentucky (1864)
    March 25, 1864
    Principal Commanders: Col. Stephen G. Hicks and Lt. Cdr. James W. Shirk [HS];  Maj. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest [CS]
    Forces Engaged: Union Garrison (approximately 650 men) [US]; Forrest's Cavalry Department [CS]
    Estimated Causalities: 140 total (US 90; CS 50)
    Description: In March 1864, Forrest set out from Columbus, Mississippi, with a force of less than 3, 000 men on a multipurpose expedition (recruit, reoutfit,  disperse Yankees, hopefully more) into West Tennessee and Kentucky. Forrest arrived in Paducah on March 25 and quicly occupied the town. The Union garrison of 650 men under the command of Col. Stephen G. Hicks retired to Fort Anderson, in the town's west end. Hicks had support from two gunboats on the Ohio River and refused to surrender, while shelling the area with artillery. Most of Forrest's command was destroyed; unwanted supplies; loaded what they wanted, and rounded up horses and mules. A small segment of Forrest's command assaulted Fort Anderson and was repulsed, suffering many casualties. Soon afterwards, Forrest's men withdrew. In reporting the raid on the town, many newspapers stated that Forrest had not found more a hundred fine horses hidden during the raid. As a result, one of Forrest's subordinate officers led a force back into Paducah in mid-April and seized the infamous horses. Although this was a Confederate victory, other than the destruction of supplies and capture of animals, no lasting results occurred. It did, however warn the Federals that Forrest, or someone like him, could strike anywhere at any time.
    Result: Confederate victory
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