William McKnight was a member of the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry from September 1862 until his death in June of 1864. During his time of service, McKnight penned dozens of emotion-filled letters, primarily to his wife, Samaria, revealing the struggles of an entire family both before and during the war.
This collection of more than one hundred letters provides in-depth accounts of several battles in Kentucky and Tennessee, such as the Cumberland Gap and Knoxville campaigns that were pivotal events in the Western Theater. The letters also vividly respond to General John Hunt Morgan’s raid through Ohio and correct claims previously published that McKnight was part of the forces chasing Morgan. By all accounts Morgan did stay for a period of time at McKnight’s home in Langsville during his raid through Ohio, much to McKnight’s horror and humiliation, but McKnight was in Kentucky at the time. Tragically, McKnight was killed in action nearly a year later during an engagement with Morgan’s men near Cynthiana, Kentucky.
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About the Author
Donald C. Maness is the dean of the College of Education at Arkansas State University and a professor in the Teacher Education department. He is an avid Civil War enthusiast.
H. Jason Combs is an associate professor of geography at the University of Nebraska Kearney. He has authored a number of articles appearing in refereed journals such as Material Culture, the Journal of Cultural Geography, and the Professional Geographer.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Editorial Comments xv
Chapter 1 Preparing for War (September 1862-January 1, 1863) 18
Chapter 2 Life as a Soldier and Divided Kentucky (January 8, 1863-July 8, 1863) 35
Chapter 3 The Fourth of July Presents and John Hunt Morgan's Raid (July 11, 1863-August 20, 1863) 107
Chapter 4 Going for Dixie (August 25, 1863-March 28, 1864) 121
Chapter 5 The Final Months (April 1, 1864-June 21, 1864) 167
Appendix A Ohio Civil War Troop Statistics 195
Appendix B List of Officers, Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry 197
Appendix C Major Engagements Listed for the Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry 200
Appendix D Official Roster, Company K, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Cavalry 201
Appendix E William McKnight's Poem to Samaria, April 4, 1852 209