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The 45th Ky Mounted Infantry


Although the 45th was not organized until after the major battles had been fought in Kentucky, the unit did see action. There is no doubt that Franklin was involved in combat.


Organized-at-large 10 Oct, 1863. Attached to District of North Central Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Dept of Ohio, to January 1864. District of Southwest Kentucky, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, to April, 1864. Fourth Brigade, 1st Division, District of Kentucky, 5th Division,23rd Army Corps, Dept. Of Ohio, to July, 1864, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, District of Kentucky, to January, 1865. Unattached, District of Kentucky, February, 1865.

First organized as a Battalion for service in Eastern Counties of Kentucky and on the Virginia border, and so served until October, 1863. At Mt. Sterling, Ky and to cover the front from the Cumberland Gap to Louisa, Ky, until March, 1864. Action at Saylersville, Ky., Nov 30, 1863. Moved to Flemingsburg, March, 1864; thence to Irvine, Ky, and operating south of that point until July. Pound Gap, April 19 (Detachment). Troublesome Creek April 27. Morgan Field, 5 May. Operations against Morgan 31 May to 20 June. Near Pound Gap 1 June. Mt.Sterling 9 June. Cynthiana 12 June. Operations against guerrillas in Owens and Trimble Counties July and August. Burbridge's Expedition into Southwest Virginia 20 Sept to 17 Oct. Action at Saltsville, 2 Oct. Stoneman's Raid into Southwest Virginia, December 10 through 29. Bristol, Virginia, 13 Dec, Abington, Virginia,15 Dec. Near Marion, 17-18 December. Saltsville, 20-21 December. Capture and destruction of salt works.

Mustered out Companies A and B, C and D, E and F on 24 December 1864. Companies G and

H , I and K mustered out on 14 Feb 1865.

Regiment lost during service 10 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 102 Enlisted men by disease. Total 113.

Private Franklin Centers served with the 45th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Company C, from 28 Sept, 1863 until 24 Dec, 1864. He was mustered out at Catlettsburg, Kentucky. The Company C Commander was Capt. Frank Watts. The Regimental Commander was Johnathan Mason Brown.





(This information taken from the internet on 26 July 1999. See "Cyndi's List"..."The Civil War Archive: Union Regimental Histories.")

The major battles fought in Kentucky were over by the time the 45th was formed. They were:

Barbourville (Knox Co.)- Sept-Dec 1861

Camp Wildcat (Laurel Co) - 21 Oct 1861

Ivy Mountain (Floyd Co) - 8-9 Nov, 1861

Rowlett's Station (Hart Co) - 17 Dec 1861

Middle Creek (Floyd Co) - 10 Jan 1862

Mill Springs - 19 Jan 1862



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Last Updated September 5, 2000 by jude