If I may add, a large number of men from the northwestern counties of North Carolina made their way into Kentucky through southwestern Virginia to Pikeville.Anywhere from 50 to 300 men who took this route would end up joining the 39th Kentucky Mounted Infantry which was the only unit continuously detailed to patrol this section of Kentucky.Many of these men had relatives in the same regiment who had previously moved into the border counties of southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the twenty or more years before the war.A large number of men in Company K, among others, had strong ties to the Tarheel State and some were known to have traveled back and forth freely in the years before the war.
I have strong suspicions (only suspicions) that many Unionists from southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina made the journey into Union lines in this area of Kentucky and back.Since there were so many strong familial ties between the loyalists in these two Atlantic states and the Volunteers of the 39th Kentucky, it stands to reason that if there were any anti-Confederate activities occurring in this region, the 39th would logically have provided both moral and material support.If there were any Red Strings or Heroes in the region (as it is fairly certain there were), they would have had to have contact with the eastern Kentucky Unionists.
I have researched this topic for a while now and have found only one man who had a documented history of travel in eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and had professed to be a member of the Heroes of America - one Harrison Bowman.Coincidentally (or not), Bowman had some contact with James A. Garfield who was a Freemason and an early proponent of employing spies and scouts to obtain information about the enemy from behind his own lines.Bowman was not a member of any Federal unit that I have been able to ascertain, but he may have been in contact with some scouts who were members of or associated with the 39th Kentucky.He was killed around the time of the end of the war by Confederate sympathizers as he had been stealing food and other items from some of the local people.
As mentioned above, all I have is a very flimsy circumstantial case and I doubt that it will ever be any stronger.
There are nine men with the surname Daniels in the 39th Kentucky, including one man named William.He was a member of Company H (which drew men from the middle Tug Valley - Blackberry and Peter Creeks, in Pike County, Ky., and Knox Creek in Buchanan County, Va.) and survived the war.Many of these men in Company H had blood ties to North Carolina.