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William W. Knight Collection

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Title: William W. Knight Collection, 1861-1863Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MS/52

Primary Creator: Knight, William W. (1829-1863)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 01/03/1985

Subjects: 2nd Gas state troops, 9th Texas, 25th Georgia Regiment, 29th N.C. troops, 30th Ga. regiment, 30th Georgia Regiment, 30th Texas, 39th N.C. troops, Anderson, W.H., Atlanta, Baldres, J.W., Bayonet, Blackbeard, Cameron, William, Camp Spaulding, Camp Tatnall, Camp Wheeler, Camp Young, Canstons Bluff, Captain Henry, Captain Lamb, Carroll, William, Chapman, Colbert, Charleston, Chattanooga, Coleman, John, Coleman, Manning, Colonel Stiles, Colonel Wilson, Columbus, Ga., Darien, Deasonville, Diarrhea, Fair hospital, Fender, James, Fender, Manning, Florence, S.C., Florida, Fort Jackson, Fort McCallister, Fort Pulaski, Garrett, Benjamin, General Bragg, Giddens, Edmund E., Green, Alonzo, Griffin, John M., Jackson, Mississippi, James Island, Jones, William, Kingsville, S.C., Kite, Knight, Mary, Liles, L.L., Lindsey, Matthew, Luke, Mac, Major Bryan, Mathis, Edmond, Mattox, Aaron, Meagan, John, Meerdon, Joshua, Megan, John, Mumps, Naylor, New Orleans, Ogechee Bridge, Old Abe, Parrish, John, Parrish, Reddin B., Patterson, John, Pneumonia, Richmond, Roberts, Jasper M., Savannah, Sergeant John Herndon, Sermon, William, St. John’s hospital, Strickland, Joseph, Tennessee, Truitt, Jacob, Typhoid fever, United States Civil War, Vicksburg, Virginia, Warren, William, Wilmington, Yazoo City

Forms of Material: Letters

Languages: English

Abstract

William W. Knight was born around 1829 in what is today Berrien County, Ga.  He married Mary E. Carroll in 1855 and they conceived a daughter, Lillian Melissa, on March 22, 1862.  Knight was the son of Levi Knight and Ann Clements/Herrin.  He enlisted in the army on October 1, 1861.  Knight served in the 29th GA infantry in company K.  He was 6 feet in height, with dark hair and blue eyes.  He died December 27, 1863.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of letters written by William W. Knight while he was fighting in the Civil War. They are addressed to his wife and father.  All of the letters in this collection have been copied from their original paper and the dates span 1861-1863.

Biographical Note

William W. Knight was born around 1829 in what is today Berrien County, Ga.  He married Mary E. Carroll in 1855 and they conceived a daughter, Lillian Melissa, on March 22, 1862.  Knight was the son of Levi Knight and Ann Clements/Herrin.  He enlisted in the army on October 1, 1861.  Knight served in the 29th GA infantry in company K.  He was 6 feet in height, with dark hair and blue eyes.  He died December 27, 1863.

Subject/Index Terms

2nd Gas state troops
9th Texas
25th Georgia Regiment
29th N.C. troops
30th Ga. regiment
30th Georgia Regiment
30th Texas
39th N.C. troops
Anderson, W.H.
Atlanta
Baldres, J.W.
Bayonet
Blackbeard
Cameron, William
Camp Spaulding
Camp Tatnall
Camp Wheeler
Camp Young
Canstons Bluff
Captain Henry
Captain Lamb
Carroll, William
Chapman, Colbert
Charleston
Chattanooga
Coleman, John
Coleman, Manning
Colonel Stiles
Colonel Wilson
Columbus, Ga.
Darien
Deasonville
Diarrhea
Fair hospital
Fender, James
Fender, Manning
Florence, S.C.
Florida
Fort Jackson
Fort McCallister
Fort Pulaski
Garrett, Benjamin
General Bragg
Giddens, Edmund E.
Green, Alonzo
Griffin, John M.
Jackson, Mississippi
James Island
Jones, William
Kingsville, S.C.
Kite
Knight, Mary
Liles, L.L.
Lindsey, Matthew
Luke, Mac
Major Bryan
Mathis, Edmond
Mattox, Aaron
Meagan, John
Meerdon, Joshua
Megan, John
Mumps
Naylor
New Orleans
Ogechee Bridge
Old Abe
Parrish, John
Parrish, Reddin B.
Patterson, John
Pneumonia
Richmond
Roberts, Jasper M.
Savannah
Sergeant John Herndon
Sermon, William
St. John’s hospital
Strickland, Joseph
Tennessee
Truitt, Jacob
Typhoid fever
United States Civil War
Vicksburg
Virginia
Warren, William
Wilmington
Yazoo City

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Source: William J. Knight

Acquisition Method: signed Donor Agreement form

Appraisal Information: indicates that there are old law books in storage.  If we got them they would have gone to library general.


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October 12, 1861 -William W. Knight writes a letter to his wife describing his journey to the hospital and through the countryside.

October 22, 1861 -Knight explains that the soldiers are bored, and he is awaiting his opportunity to return home to see his family.

December 1, 1861 -Knight writes to his wife explaining the recent outbreak of measles in the camp.

December 18, 1861 -Knight writes to his wife asking her to respond to the letters that he sends her, and that the measles outbreak has gotten worse.

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January 22, 1862 -Knight explains to his wife an incident involving a Confederate vessel and Yankee soldiers.

March 7, 1862 -Knight describes the cold weather and frozen ground.  He also expresses interest in the money he sent home for his family.

April 17, 1862 -Knight writes about his company prevailing in a battle with the Yankees, and their relocation to the Costans Bluff.

June 12, 1862 -Knight writes to his wife about the goods he received from her, and the lack of action going on right now.

June 26, 1862 -Knight writes on his aspirations to go home, and recollects on how nice the scenery is on Wilmington Island.

July 5, 1862 -Knight writes home about the seriousness of sickness spreading through the camps, including typhoid fever, chills and fever, and mumps.

July 30, 1862 -Knight writes this letter to his wife responding to her efforts asking him to get discharged from the army.

August 3, 1862 -William writes to his wife about his father passing through the camp, and a fellow soldier dying.

August 27, 1862 -Knight explains to his wife that he has been sick, and just wanted to send her a letter letting her know he is feeling better.

September 2, 1862 -William writes this letter explaining his future plans to acquire land and what he wants to do with it.

September 11, 1862 -Knight explains that he should have done some field work the last time he was at home.

October 25, 1862 -Knight writes to his wife describing his return to camp from Florida and about a Yankee encounter.

November 9, 1862 -William writes this letter amusingly about his wife’s toothache and the rations of food given to each soldier.

November 23, 1862 -William Knight writes this letter in reference to his wife’s efforts to send him salt.

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January 4, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about his roundtrip and his hunger.

February 25, 1863 -Knight writes this letter to his wife in an attempt to predict the end of the war.

March 6, 1863 -William Knight writes this letter explaining his thoughts on the future of America, and of a Yankee attack the previous night.

March 13, 1863 -This letter from William to his wife expresses his feelings on not being in debt after the war.

March 17, 1863 -William writes this letter to his father about the military inspections and the sickness in the camp.

March 21, 1863 -Knight writes this letter describing his thoughts on the capability of the Confederate army.

March 27, 1863 -William Knight writes in this letter his feelings about his wife not receiving some of the previous letters that he sent.

April 2, 1863 -In this letter Knight explains his spiritual beliefs and expresses concern on his wife’s health.

April 30/ May 1, 1863 -William writes this letter complaining about the army’s poor meal plan.

May 28, 1863 -Knight explains in this letter to his wife that there is a lack of information leaving or coming into his camp.

June 3, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about his troops’ recent march from one camp to another and the fact that there is flowing water there.

July 22, 1863 -William writes this letter to his wife about a skirmish with Yankee troops and a fellow soldier getting his head blown off.

August 10, 1863 -Knight writes this letter to his wife about his fight with diarrhea and the debt he owes.

August 29, 1863 -William Knight writes this letter to his wife about his entrance into the hospital.

September 20, 1863 - S.S. Siles writes a mostly ineligible letter to Mary Carroll. He says William is sick. Siles has been injured and seems to be writing the letter while "suffering" a wound to the "breast." The Confederate Army is fortifying North Georgia and desertion rates are high.

October 18, 1863 - An official report, or invoice, describing William W. Knight and his service. Includes his enlistment date, when he was last paid, and his physical features.

October 22, 1863 - Most of content unreadable, but found parts about soldiers eating food.  William writes from a camp near Chattanooga,TN describing his activities, including going to a fair. He complains the soldiers get no rest and that the older soldiers are not to blame for some incident(s) in the region.

November 2, 1863 - Most of content unreadable. William notes they have moved camp again and apologizes that he didn't stay at home longer during his last furlough. He says he has lost all sense of patriotism and wants to come home to his family. He seems to be describing the economic breakdown of the Southern economy and expresses fears of how his wife and children will survive.



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