Legal Statement and Disclaimer
The American Colonels Network, also called Honorary Colonels Network was developed in response to a civil complaint filed in federal court by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels which targeted Col. David J. Wright with his endeavor which began in 1998 for Kentucky colonels to develop an affinity with the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel as goodwill ambassadors through the development of a fraternal membership association and an online member registry.
The U.S. District Court ordered Kentucky Colonels International (also known as Kentucky Colonel Foundation) not to be used in the public sector on August 13, 2020, because people may confuse the registered trademarks "KENTUCKY COLONELS" and "HONORABLE ORDER OF KENTUCKY COLONELS" with these descriptive trade names in the social media or on the Internet, prohibiting their use until the Court can better address the matter and examine the question.
As a result of the Court Order resulting in a Preliminary Injunction our name has been changed and our efforts have been diversified to become American Colonels Network, the Commonwealth Colonels and the Most Honorable Order of the Transylvania Colonel, all of which offer a different history and timeline than the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels offers as their propaganda since 1933, to further eliminate any confusion. We believe our history offers a more credible version of the origins and history of Kentucky Colonelcy because it comprehensively acknowledges other organizations and accounts for actual historical events dating back to 1651 when Governor Sir William Berkeley of the Virginia Company issued the first letters patent to Colonel Richard Lee I.
The new initiative believes Kentucky Colonelcy itself actually began in 1775 under Transylvania Pioneers and the first Kentucky Colonel commissioned was actually a Commonwealth Colonel in 1776.