One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry


One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry


John M. Porter

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John Marion Porter (1839–1898) grew up working at his family's farm and dry goods store in Butler County, Kentucky. The oldest of Reverend Nathaniel Porter's nine children, he was studying to become a lawyer when the Civil War began. As the son of a family of slave owners, Porter identified with the Southern cause and wasted little time enlisting in the Confederate army. He and his lifelong friend Thomas Henry Hines served in the Ninth Kentucky Calvary under John Hunt Morgan, the “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy.” When the war ended, Porter and Hines opened a law practice together, but Porter was concerned that the story of his service during the Civil War and his family's history would be lost with the collapse of the Confederacy. In 1872, Porter began writing detailed memoirs of his experiences during the war years, including tales of scouting behind enemy lines, sabotaging a Union train, being captured and held as a prisoner of war, and searching for an army to join after his release. This book is a fascinating firsthand account of the life of a remarkable Confederate soldier.

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY




978-0-8131-2990-7 (pdf version)


978-0-8131-4018-6 (epub version)



John Marion Porter, Butler County, Kentucky, Civil War, Thomas Henry Hines, Ninth Kentucky Calvary, Thunderbolt of the Confederacy


Military History | United States History


Edited by Kent Masterson Brown.