Kentuckians in Action
A History of the Kentucky National Guard in Times of War and Peace
This is a history of the Kentucky National Guard, a military institution whose existence antedates the United States itself. Although the name "National Guard" was not applied to a State Militia until 1824, the fundamental concept of a state or local Military organization has existed since 1636, when the Colony of Massachusetts formed a regiment of "Trained Bands."
Throughout her history, Kentucky has cherished the tradition of rendering military duty with zeal when called upon. Kentucky's history teems with incidents of self-sacrifice unsurpassed in daring and achievement. Kentuckians have answered the call to arms in all wars of our country.