Civil War Cartes de visite: 3rd Kentucky Cavalry
These cartes de visite were collected in an album recently rediscovered at The Texas Collection. The photographs are presented in the order in which they appear in the album and with the name and rank given there. The soldiers were from the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry which was formed at Calhoun, Kentucky in 1861.

The regiment lost a total of 215 men during service; 3 officers and 41 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 168 enlisted men died of disease.

Kentucky was a border state, with both Confederate and Union regiments. At the beginning of the war, Kentucky was officially neutral, but later came under Union control.
Both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born in Kentucky.

Judging by the soldiers' ranks, this album was compiled in early 1863. The inclusion of Mrs. James Beggs as the only woman in this album has caused speculation that the album was created by a member of the Beggs family.
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