Anderson County, KYGenWeb Project

Confederate Soldiers From Anderson County, KY

Contributed by: Erik Thorson

J. Keeling Gaines (1833-1862) was the son of Edmund P. Gaines (1803-1857) and the grandson of Thomas Gaines (1771-1853).
J. K. was born in Kentucky - probably in Anderson County.
He is found on the 1860 census in Anderson County with his wife Elizabeth and two free blacks in his household. He also owned three slaves.
He joined Co. G of the 6th Kentucky Mounted Infantry (CSA) in 1861 as a first lieutenant. He died either 23 May or 23 July 1862 (I have found both dates and haven't yet determined which is correct) at Lauderdale Springs Confederate Hospital in Lauderdale, Lauderdale County, Mississippi.
Based on the movements of his regiment, his death may have been from wounds received at the Battle of Shiloh, or it may have been caused by disease. He is buried at the Lauderdale Confederate Cemetery.

Here's additional information about the Confederate Soldiers from Erik, including the initial paragrah of his email as I think it helps in understanding the additional information.

If you'll recall, I've been researching the Lillard brothers, who joined the 68th US Colored Troops from Mexico, Missouri and listed Anderson County as their birthplace. In researching their former slaveowners, the Gaines family of Anderson County, I have come across several more names for the military portion of your website. Most of this information comes from A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, Vol. 3 and is from a biography of John Thomas Gaines.

Keeling Carlton Gaines, son of Thomas Gaines, b. Orange County, Virginia ca. 1810, but came to Anderson County as an infant. Chaplain of 5th Kentucky Regt. CSA. Died of illness at La Grange, Troup County, Georgia on 17 November 1863, just prior to the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

1st Lt. Leonidas Gaines, b. ca. 1838 (prob. Anderson County). Son of Keeling Carlton Gaines. Served with Duke's Regt. of Kentucky, Morgan's Troops, CSA. Killed in Tennessee (no date given).

Capt. John Thomas Gaines, b. Anderson County 5 Sep 1841. Son of Keeling Carlton Gaines. Attended Kentucky Military Institute. 1st Lt. in Acton's Company of Dushay's Battalion, CSA. His company became attached to 9th Kentucky Regt. as Co. K. Co. K then became attached to the 5th Kentucky Regt. Promoted to Capt. and his company became part of the "Orphan Brigade." Died in Louisville 18 February 1911.

Junius Moreau Gaines, b. ca. 1845 (prob. Anderson County). Son of Keeling Carlton Gaines. Served first with Stearn's 3rd Regt., Tennessee Cavalry. Transferred to his older brother's Company of Morgan's Troops. Went on the Morgan raid into Indiana, was captured and died a prisoner at Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana on 14 September 1864. His name is erroneously listed on a monument there as "Julius Gaines."

I had previously sent you information on J. Keeling Gaines (first cousin of Leonidas, John Thomas and Junius) who died in Lauderdale, Mississippi in 1862 while serving with the CSA.

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