Knox County In The Civil War


It is a book filled with essays which describe the role so many men and women from Knox County, Illinois played in the Civil War.

Almost four thousand people from that county answered the call to duty. The book is titled Knox County, Illinois In The Civil War.

One of the men featured in the book is Major Hiland Henry Clay who enlisted in the war in 1862.  He was the great grandfather of Nancy Gohlinghorst.

She has his uniform, gloves, pictures, and other items which are the originals. Major Clay was from Knox County and served with Company D, 102nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Members of the Galesburg Civil War Roundtable wrote essays in the book.

Harry  Bulkeley is a Civil War Presenter, offering a perspective of the war from the viewpoint of General Ulysses Grant.

Charles Fifield has a very impressive collection of Civil War guns and sabres.  Many of the guns weigh at least ten pounds and it was not unusual for soldiers to march with these weapons for thirty miles a day.

Many of the men from Knox County had never been away from home before the Civil War. They fought all over the Western Theatre and served under General Grant all the way through Shiloh and to Vicksburg.

The book is a lasting tribute to what Knox County citizens endured, sacrificed, and accomplished.

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