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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Colonel James Brown Forman, Second Commander of the Fifteenth Kentucky

Colonel James Brown Forman, the second son of Thomas Seabrooke Forman and Mary Ann Brown, was born on December 12, 1842, in Louisville, Kentucky. Thomas Seabrooke Forman (1808-1849) was from a family which had moved to Kentucky from New Jersey. The family of Mary Ann Brown (1817-1850) had come to Louisville from Maryland. Col. Forman had dark hair and was six feet tall. Forman and William Preston McDowell recruited most of Company C of the Fifteenth Kentucky, and Forman was elected First Lieutenant when Company C was organized in December 1861. He was promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain of Company C following the death of Captain McClure on July 13, 1862. On November 8, 1862, Forman was appointed the second colonel of the Fifteenth Kentucky, following the deaths of Lieutenant Colonel Jouett, Major Campbell and Colonel Pope in the days following the Battle of Perryville. Forman was killed at the Battle of Stones River at about 10:30 A.M. on the morning of December 31, 1862. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Colonel Forman was single at the time of his death and had no known descendants. Colonel Forman’s younger brother George Forman is the co-founder of what is today Brown-Forman Corporation.

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