John Knight


BirthFeb. 18, 1843
DeathAug. 29, 1941
PostWyman (Firth)

Private John Knight

Company C, 30th Iowa Infantry

Knight was born in Ohio on February 18, 1843. He was residing in Kingston (Des Moines County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on August 7, 1862. He was mustered on August 25, 1862 and served about 33 months. Private Knight was mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Washington, DC.

The 30th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on September 20, 1862. During Knight’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Arkansas Post (AK) (January 10-11, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Jackson (MS) (July 10-17, 1863).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

General Sherman’s “War to the Sea” (GA) (Novemeber 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

The Siege of Vicksburg was very costly to the Regiment. Over several days, 15 members of the Regiment were killed and 58 were wounded.

Knight died on August 29, 1941 at the age of 98 years. He is buried in the Panama Cemetery in Panama (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Knight was the last member of the Winslow Post (#56) of the Grand Army of the Republic. In addition, he was a member of the following posts:

Farragut Post (#25) – Lincoln

Wyman Post (#101) – Firth

Keyes Post (#297) - Lebanon

Doc – Knight(30IOWA).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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