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Knox County in the Military

Spanish-American War

  • Excerpt from Centennial Annals of Knox County, Illinois 1818-1918
  • "Praise for Colored Soldiers" from the Galesburg Republican-Register, 24 Oct. 1898

Civil War

The introduction from History of Knox County (Albert J. Perry, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co, Chicago, 1912 pages 242-243) has this to say about Knox County's involvement in the war:

"In the Civil war there were only seven counties in the state that furnished a larger number of soldiers than Knox county, and none that filled their quotas more promptly. Knox county was called upon to furnish 3,842 men, but finally credited by the adjutant-general of the state with only 3,837. There were many who left the county to enlist in foreign regiments, and the colored troops to the number of from twenty-five to fifty were never credited to Knox County.

Besides the filling of her quota of regular calls of the president, she furnished 326 men in answer to the governor's call for 100 day men, making a total of at least 4,200 men. These were distributed among 82 regiments, and in 190 different companies. Of this number 123 were killed in action, 168 wounded and 344 died; 96 suffered the horrors of prison life, some of whom died at Andersonville and Libby."

The following list was compiled in 1998 by Terry Wilson, Knox Class of 1988 reference & Special Collections Assistant, Seymour Library, 1988-1999. Terry Wilson, along with Phil Reyburn, was the author of Jottings from Dixie: the Civil War Dispatches of major Stephen F. Fleharty, U.S.A. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 1999).

Civil War Units Recruited in Knox County
10th Co. C1st Co. D
17th Co. E 7th Co. D; Co. L
33rd Co. E; Co. H 11th Co. C
43rd Co. C
45th Co. K
51st Co. K
55th Co. K
57th Co. H
58th Co. G
59th Co. A
64th Co. D
71st Co. E
74th Co. A
77th Co. I
83rd Co. E; Co. G; Co. I; Co. K
86th Co. F
89th Co. E; Co. G
102nd Co. A; Co. B; Co. D; Co. F; Co. H; Co. I
138th Co. B; Co. C
148th Co. F