Here’s the Rosetta Stone to my understanding of Joshua Taylor Kirby‘s varied Civil War military career. It’s his response to a survey of Confederate veterans the state of Alabama undertook in 1907 (and again in 1921 and 1927), now online from the FamilySearch database.

Kirby was a Private in Company K of the 2nd Mississippi Battalion in combat at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 [more about that]. The battalion gained companies to become the 48th (not 41st) Mississippi Regiment in November 1862, then Company K converted to cavalry in January 1863, as Company F, 8th Confederate Cavalry – Private Kirby’s fourth named unit.

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