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My Name is Derrick Lindow, and I am passionate about Civil War history, especially when it is about my home of Kentucky. If you are looking for unique stories from our past, or are looking for information on your Civil War ancestors that served in Kentucky regiments, then you are in the right place. 



I have a strong belief that Kentucky's role in the Civil War needs to be more accessible to people searching for answers, and for those of us who enjoy the stories and learning more about our past.

What you will find at Kentucky civil war

The Book

  • My first book, We Shall Conquer or Die: Partisan Warfare in 1862 Western Kentucky will be published by Savas Beatie in February 2024. This work chronicles the summer campaign in western Kentucky by the 10th Kentucky Partisan Rangers, and the eventual undoing of their success after the events at Owensboro, Kentucky. Click HERE to pre-order!

The Diaries

  • A couple side projects are the editing and annotating of two diaries. Both include adding extra information and context since many people are not Civil War experts.

  • One is that of John F. Locke of the 14th Tennessee Infantry. He was the ancestor of a former student of mine, and I have been researching the men he served with, and the battles he participated in.

  • The second is the diary of Samuel K. Cox of the 17th Kentucky Infantry. The 17th was a local regiment and you will see a lot of info on this group of men.

The Blog

  • You can find several blog posts that relate in some way to Kentucky Civil War history. Most of my blogging work is now on the WTCW site, but I will occasionally post different project updates on this site as blog posts.

  • Each blog post has a connection to Kentucky Civil War history, the book, or the diaries. You might be wondering how the 71st Ohio has a Kentucky connection, and they are an example of a book association.  

  • Most of my blogging work now appears on the WTCW website, the space I co-created to spread awareness of the Western Theater in the Civil War. We have several bloggers and over 260 blog posts with tours every year!

Sample Blog Posts

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In the near future, the Kentucky Regiments section of the page will be live. I am hoping to add as much information on every single Kentucky regiment, Union and Confederate, in one place for people to access. Every mention in the Official Records, Muster Rolls, correspondence, images, personal letters, and newspaper articles. This will take some time, and will be completed little by little. If you have information that would help someone trying to learn about Kentucky soldiers, please consider sharing!

If you need assistance in finding information on your Kentucky Civil War ancestor, I am always eager to do what I can to help. Finding what we need cannot be guaranteed, but I will do what I can to aid in your search.

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If you would like to stay up to date on blog posts and other special announcements, please consider joining my email list! To show my appreciation for subscribing, you will receive the 1861 portion of the Diary of John F. Locke (14th Tennessee) in a welcome email within 24 hours. You will only receive a maximum of three emails per month, so you don't have to worry about being bombarded with endless messages in your inbox!

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