One Soldier’s Story

Ambrose Kinslow was the son of Conrad and Rachel Kinslow, who were very early settlers in the Cedar Grove area of Skaggs Creek.  Ambrose married Barbara Coffman on 17 February 1803.  He took deed to land in Barren county, on Skaggs Creek, on 9 September 1807.  Ambrose and Barbara had 9 children together, and Barbara died around 1830.  Ambrose then married in 1830 to Mahala Emerson, daughter of Pleasant Emerson.   They had 4 more children, and Mahala died before 1840.  Ambrose’s third wife was Martha “Patsy” Jones.

One son by Barbara was named Joseph.  Joseph married Aggie Payne, and their son Page was born on 31 July 1838.  This is Page’s story.

Page C. Kinslow volunteered on 1 June 1863, lacking 2 months being 25 years old.  He stated he was a farmer, living at Peter’s Creek, Barren Co., KY.  He was made a Private in Company A 37th KY Vol. Mounted Infantry, in the Union Army. He was described in his enrollment as 5’8″ tall, of dark complexion, blue-grey eyes, dark auburn hair.  He served one and a half years, until honorably discharged on 29 December 1864.  He served in the same command with his uncle, William Kinslow, less than 8 years his senior, the son of Ambrose and Mahala.

While detailed on vidette, or patrol duty, on 5 November 1863 from Camp Glasgow, Barren Co., KY.  Page, leaving camp about dark in a scout group of 4 ordered along Pikeville road together to 10 or 12 miles south, then divided at designated forks of roads into pairs, 2 moving left, 2 right, going some distance.  If nothing found or heard of the enemy on the way, dividing again on the designated forks of the road, each taking their own route back to camp.

After he was returning leisurely alone, by next day as ordered – just before daylight, he was shot, in the dark, the ball entering his left cheek and coming out behind the left ear.  He lost all his teeth from the eye teeth back in his upper left jaw.  He dressed his own wound, never stopped duty, and lived on soup for some time.  He was attacked by broken bone fever on 10 June 1864.  He was hauled in a wagon to Lexington, KY, and was moved to Mt. Sterling, KY in August 1864.  He was paralyzed from an attack of blue erysipelas – from exposure as a teamster in the Winter of 1863-64.  He walked on 2 sticks for a long time after the attack.

Page C. Kinslow was married 3 times and fathered 14 children.  He lived to the ripe old age of 86, and passed away in 1926 in the state of Missouri.  They never determined if the gunfire was from a soldier, or a Confederate sympathizer, as there were several in the area he was shot in.  Ironically, the area he was shot in, somewhere along the present Oil Well or Tobacco Road, was also the area in which he was from, and had grown up in.  He moved to Missouri at the close of the war, and never came back to Kentucky.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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