Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

History, MA

Committee Chair

Krebs, Daniel

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Crothers, A. Glenn

Committee Member

Crothers, A. Glenn

Committee Member

Kelderman, Frank

Author's Keywords

Native American; militia; Kentucky; skulking warfare; Northwest Indian War; War of 1812


The thesis argues that Kentuckians developed the myth that the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers were the most effective troops to fight Native American warriors in the Northwest Indian War of 1790 to 1794 and the War of 1812. The idea that these troops were the best fighters originated in the decades following the War of 1812 as Kentuckians generated a communal history. Residents of the state listened to orators mythologize the successes of mounted Kentuckians in battle, while remembering the foot militia for their sacrifices rather than their shortcomings.