In 1861 Richard DIGMAN joined the Kentucky State Guards, and, in September of that year, in company with the National Blue, he went into camp at Glasco, Kentucky. After camping there three weeks, the company moved to Cave City, where, unanimous consent, it was attached to Colonel Joe Lewis's Confederate Regiment. A short time after this, sixty-five or seventy men, of which number Mr. Digman was one of them, representing twenty-one different counties, organized what was known as Buckner's Bodyguard. This Company was taken by Buckner to Fort Donelson, and. Before the surrender, made its escape with General N. B. Forrest. It then became part of General A. S. Johnson's command, and, at the battle of Shiloh, acted as escort to General Hardee, and, during the engagement, in company with the regiment of Texas Rangers, made one of the most desperate charges known to have been made during the whole war. This Company was composed of the best men of the army, and, as an evidence of it, when the company roll was called at Shiloh, only one man out of the seventy failed to respond to his name, and he because he had no horse. At the evacuation of Corinth, this command fell back to Tupello, Mississippi, and in the fight at Richmond, had the honor of taking in Mercalf's Cavalry, a most magnificently mounted and finely equipped body of men. At Lexington they joined General Morgan, and fell back with him to Knoxville, where they reported to Buckner, who had been exchanged, and this was the last of the "BUCKNER GUARD.'
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