Col. May's Military Career
If a period of time is not mentioned, please assume that he was on the job in the field,
with his regiment.
Muster in Date 1/15/1862 at Lebanon Ky.
46 years of age
Mustered in as Lt. Col.
Joined for duty 8/30/1861 at Manchester KY.
Muster roll 12/31/1861
Not stated if he was present or absent.
Wounded at Stones River & sent to Nashville on 1/28, 1863
Mar - Apr 1863
Absent without Leave since April 19, 1862
Feb28 - June30 1863
Promoted to Col 7th KY Infty.
Vacated his Commission as Lt. Col 8th KY on May 13, 1863 the
date he was mustered in as Col of the 7th KY.
RECORD INFORMATION & DETAILS
Letter of request for leave
3/30/1863 Letter to Capt Dixon, AAG.
"Oweing to injuries received on the battlefield of Stones River before
Murfreesboro on Friday, January 20, 1863, by a fragment of shell and
concussion caused by the explosion of shells, as set forth by the
accompanying Surgeon's Certificate I am now convalescent but will not
be fit for active field duty under 20 days without very much endangering
my health and probible my life. I therefore respectfully ask and apply for
a leave of absence for fifteen days, at least, that I may improve my
health and visit my family who has been driven from their homes in Clay
County KY by the Rebels."
"Manchester, Clay County was my post office previous to being driven from my home.
It is now Lafayette, Indiana."
Note in file:
"May, Rueben LT Col 8th KY Volunteers May 2, 1863 Murfreesboro TENN.
Stating having recieved a telegraph from JH Garrard (can't makeit out)
KY & chat etc(I guess). Governor will Commission him as Col of 7th KY
Volunteers formerly commanded by Col Garrard."
"Head Quarters, 21st Army Corps, May 5th, 1863
Respectfully Forwarded Approved - I received on yesterday a (something,
assumed to be 'courier') from Col Garrard asking that this Col May be
permitted to come to Frankfort & that he would be at once commissioned by
the Governor as Colnel of 7th KY Regt Vols.
Maj Gen, Commanding"
END OF 8th INFORMATION
Individual Muster-in Roll dated 6/4/1863 at Black River Miss
Muster-in to date May 13, 1863
Age 47 years
May - June 1863
Promotion from Lt Col of the 8th KY May 6/63 vice TT Garrard promoted.
Sept - Oct 1863
On Sick leave of absence Sept 1863
Nov - Dec 1863
Went home on 20 day furlough sept 2/63. No Surgeons Certificate received
later than Nov3 of 63.
Jan -Feb 1864
Left Port New Orleans on sick leave(20 days) sept 13/63 recieved proper
medical certificate for all time absent the last Jan 28/64 extending
leave 20 days rejoined regt feb14/64.
MUSTER OUT LOUISVILLE, Oct 5, 1864
Last paid to Aug 21 1864.
NOTES OF SERVICE:
Request for leave 7/31/63 (to visit family in Wisconsin??)
September 1863 - December 1863 many notes from physicians in and around Sparta
Wisconsin claiming him unfit for duty due to Chronic Diahhrea.
Last note(no copy) a requisition for a horse dated late september 1864.