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Remembering Major James S. Allen of the Fifteenth Kentucky


Major James S. Allen was a twenty-one-year-old hatter when the war began. He was born in Fayette County, Kentucky. Allen was six feet tall, with a light complexion, gray eyes and light hair. Private Allen was discharged March 30, 1862, in order to accept his commission as captain of Company I of the Fifteenth Kentucky. Allen was promoted from captain of Company I to major on March 1, 1864. He resigned April 8, 1864. Colonel Marion Taylor endorsed Allen’s resignation, saying “This officer has been a good soldier and has acquitted himself honorably upon the battlefield, but has proven himself incapable of governing his intemperate habits, and the acceptance of his resignation would be for the good of the service.”


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