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Word passed down from my family is that my great great grandfather from Kentucky was a blacksmith for a Union regiment, but does anybody know how to research blacksmith in the Civil War?

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Word passed down from my family is that my great great grandfather from Kentucky was a blacksmith for a Union regiment, but does anybody know how to research blacksmith in the Civil War?

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Blacksmiths & Saddler, Company I Union 8th TN Cavalry.

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Thomas H. McLaine: Enlisted at age 30, on 9/25/1863 as a Private. On 11/14/1863 he mustered into "I" Co. TN 8th Cavalry as a Blacksmith. He died of disease on 12/5/1864 at Knoxville, TN. Buried: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN.

Michael H. Martin: Enlisted on 9/20/1863 as a 21-year-old Private. On 12/30/1863 he mustered into "I" Co. TN 8th Cavalry as a Blacksmith. POW 11/10/1864 Bull's Gap, TN. Returned 2/21/1865. He was Mustered Out on 9/11/1865 at Knoxville, TN.

Elihu E. Ferguson: Enlisted on 9/25/1863 as a 28-year-old Private. On 11/14/1863 he mustered into "I" Co. TN 8th Cavalry as a Blacksmith. He was Mustered Out on 9/11/1865 at Knoxville, TN.

Andrew J. Shupe: 25 years old, enlisted on 9/21/1863 as a Private. On 11/14/1863 he mustered into "I" Co. TN 8th Cavalry as a Saddler. He was Mustered Out on 9/11/1865 at Knoxville, TN. Probably saw previous service in the 10th TN Cavalry.
 

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I have a Great Great Granduncle who was a Blacksmith both before and after the war. He enlisted in the 50th NY Engineers and was promoted shorty after enlistment to Artificer. Artificers in the Engineers were enlisted, but not NCOs. They were essentially the equivalent of a modern PFC. They received a slight raise in pay due to a demonstrated skill in one of the trades. I have assumed that he was promoted because of his blacksmiths skills. Other than his promotion I have never found out anything else about what he may have been doing. I will be interested to see if anyone has more information about blacksmiths.
 
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