Military Records of George Mason McKnight
contributed by Src #8
Transcribed from her Great-Grandfather's military record, which states he was Commander of his post at Ashmore IL.
This certifies, that George M. McKnight, Enlisted from Marion County, Indiana, on the 17th day of July 1862, to serve three years or during the war, and was mustered into the U.S. service at Indianapolis, Indiana, August 12th 1862, as Sergeant of Captain Henry M. Stott's Company "A", 70th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Benjamin Harrison commanding. The 70th. Regiment left Indianapolis, August 13th, moving to Louisville and Bowling Green Ky., there reporting to Colonel Bruce, being the first regiment in the field under the call of July 1862.
From Bowling Green, the regiment made several expeditions to Franklin, Morgantown, Munfordville and Russellville, at the latter place encountering several hundred of rebel cavalry, killing and wounding many and capturing 40 horses and a large lot of small arms, saddles and other property.
The regiment afterward was assigned to the 1st. Brigade, 3rd. Division, 20th Corps, Army of the Cumberland, and participated in the following engagements, viz:- Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Dallas or New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Marietta, Peach Tree Creek, Siege of Atlanta, Ga,; March to the sea,-including Montieth Swamp, Siege of Savannah, Averasboro, Bentonville, N.C., afterward moving to Raleigh, N.C., thence to Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C., where it participated in the Grand Review, May 24th 1865.
The said George M. McKnight was wounded at the battle of New Hope Church, Ga., by gunshot in the left hand, destroying the use of the hand; he was removed to field hospital, thence to Nashville,Tenn., and to Louisville, Ky. His wife then had him transferred to Indianapolis Ind., where he was at home for some time, then placed in general hospital, remaining there until discharged from the volunteer service.
He was in command at all times from his enlistment until he was wounded, participating in all engagements up to that time, and performing gallant and meritorious service. He received an Honorable Discharge at Indianapolis, Indiana, December 7th 1864, by reason of Surgeon's
Certificate of disability from gunshot wound.
His Grandfather, Eli McKnight, served in General Washington's Army during the Revolutionary War and wintered at Valley Forge. His brother Eli, served in the Union Army, and his father, Josiah, served in the War of 1812.
His mother's maiden name was Hannah Thomas.
He was born in Loudon Co., Va., November 10th 1830, and was united in marriage to Sarah A. Howard, at Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana, October 6th. 1853, from which union were W., James F., Martha E. (married D.E. Swinford now deceased, and is wife of George R. Swingord), also Amanda H., Thomas M.,and Charles B., now deceased. He is a member of Frank Reed Post No 409, Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic, was commander of his Post at Ashmore, Illinois, for one year, said post having since surrendered. He is also a member of the A.F. & A.M. and is a Master Mason. He is Police Magistrate of Tuscola, Illinois, was Post Master at Ashmore, Illinois for four years during President Harrison's Administration. Mrs. McKnight's brothers, Benjamin F., John J. and Frank A., served in the Union Army during the war.
These facts are thus recorded and preserved for the benefit of all those who may be interested.
Compiled from Official and Authentic Services by the US Army and Navy Historical Ass'n. In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the seal of the Association. Done at Washington, D.C. the 10th day of May, 1902 No. 41542 H.W. Kellogg, Historian
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