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Owen County Historical Society | Kentucky militia took center stage during War of 1812

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By Bonnie Strassell

They were called the “ragtag and bobtail of creation” and the Kentucky volunteers joining up to fight in the War of 1812  were in no way fashionable. Some wore large floppy hats, while others sported coonskin caps. Their pants were made of various materials from homemade linsy to buckskin, and though many wore shoes, a great number wore moccasins or went barefoot.
According to Col. Orlando Brown, who was a child when Kentucky’s citizen soldiers rendezvoused at Georgetown, the dress of the Kentucky militia was anything but uniform.


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