Private Joseph F. Sullivan
8th Kentucky Infantry (Later Mounted)
Joseph F. Sullivan was mustered into the 8th Kentucky Infantry (Later Mounted) of the Confederate Army in October of 1861 at Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He was captured with the fall of Fort Donelson. He was held as a prisoner of war at Camp Morton near Indianapolis, Indiana. In late 1862, he was paroled and exchanged at Vicksburg. He went back to his unit that was nearby with General Forrest.
Granpa Sullivan lived to be almost ninety-four years old, and he was evidently a "crusty" old character. He told his family that he was going to stay alive long enough to get his pension. After he received his pension in 1912, he would say that he was going to stay alive long enough to use it ...just to spite those...Yankees in Lexington who had made him wait so long to get it.
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