Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Military Monday: Baird Brothers, Co. A, 1st Tennessee Infantry Volunteers, Union

The five Baird brothers; Lewis Millard (Jr.), Samuel Crittendon, Zebedee, Andrew and Pryor Perkins (my great-great-grand uncles), were raised in Whitley County, Kentucky and Campbell County, Tennessee, a portion of the south that had many Union sympathizers.  When the Civil War began, the four brothers all enlisted together; the regiment was formed in Garrard County, Kentucky in the late summer of 1861.  Some time after their enlistment, word got to the bushwackers in their home counties that they had joined the Union and their father, Lewis Millard, was taken prisoner and sent to a confederate prison at Salisbury, North Carolina, where he later died.  (

Four of the brothers survived the war and returned home.  Andrew was killed by an accidental discharge of a pistol at camp in Pulaski, Kentucky on December 30, 1861. 

Below is a picture of Pryor Perkins, the baby of the family, proudly standing by an American flag during a Veteran's Day celebration.

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