Knox during the Civil War
In the war of the rebellion, from her somewhat remote situation, this little town responded patriotically to the call of the government for volunteers. Seventy-seven volunteers went to fight in the battles of the Union. Many of them never came back to receive the great honors that awaited them.
A very large number of men from Knox were in the 7th Regiment of the New York Heavy Infantry. In Carnival of Blood Keating discusses the "enlistment bounty" these men got for enlisting and passing the physical, $50 from the state and $50 from Albany County, more money than they had ever seen before.
On page 3, Keating wrote:
In the rural hamlet of Knox, in farm country ten miles west of Albany, young Michael Barkley gained a commission as first lieutenant in Company K, primarily because he was a recent college graduate, but he had also managed to convince twenty-one men from the small community to enlist in the Regiment. His recruiting efforts were then a cause for admiration and celebration, during the patriotic euphoria which gripped the Northern States in the summer of 1862. Three years later, Barkley and sixteen of the twenty-one were dead, and the mood would be far different.
Regiments in which men from Knox served
7th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery
There were at least 16 men from Knox who served in the 7th Regiment. Some of the Regiments major battle were at Petersburg, Cold Harbor, Weldon Station, Spotsylvania. Three of the men from Knox were killed in battle, or died of their wounds. Five were captured, four of whom died in prison of starvation or disease. One was missing in action. Click here for more about the 7th Regiment and a listing of the men from the Hilltowns who served in it.
Knox Men who joined the Union Army
We are trying to collect information for a book on Hilltown men who were in the Civil War. The information is being posted here in their biographies in preparation for writing the book. While we have volunteers adding information little by little, it will still only be what information they can glean from public records. We are encouraging family researchers to post additional information on each of these men: photographs, obituaries, copies of letters home, pictures of headstones, memorabilia, etc. We hope to publish the book in 2011, the 150th anniversary of the start for the war.
Most of theses biographies are quite basic. We hope that if you know something more about one of these men, you will take an active interest in this project and update his biography to better reflect his life and death. <br.>
- Adams, Giles Died as a prisoner of war
- Allen, Henry H. killed in the CW at Petersburg.
- Auchampaugh, Miriam
- Barckley, Michael Henry Lt., wounded at Cold Harbor and died as a result. Heroes of Albany - Buried in the Knox Cemetery
- Baxter, Charles - Buried in the Bio:Knox Cemetery
- Bouck, Hamilton B.
- Bundy, Joseph M.
- Burgess, Allen Davis
- Campbell, Adam captured at Bio:Reams Station , died Bio:Salisbury .
- Chrysler, Erskine
- Chrysler, Miner
- Chrisler, Philip L. (Chrysler)
- Crary, Henry Augustus
- Crounse, John Quincy Adams
- Damon, Andrew J. Captured at Gaines Mills, died of disease at Bio:Andersonville Prison.
- Davis, Joseph B.
- Dennison, Eli
- Duel, Levi
- Ecker, Jerome W.
- Ecker, Miner discharged by reason of disability and died
- Engle, Charles
- Engle, Jacob
- Engle, John C.
- Finch, Foster
- Freligh, William H. H.
- Gage, Hiram M.
- Gallup, James Henry
- Gallup, John Enos
- Gallup, John Jay - Buried in Bio:High Point Cemetery
- Gould, Jesse T.
- Gray, Robert (Grey)
- Gress, Andrew
- Hanes, Adam Mathias
- Hanes, Amos Gideon
- Hanes, Elias wounded at Bio:Cold Harbor; died at hospital in Washington a month after his leg was amputated. Bio:Carnival of Blood
- Hanes, Elias wounded at Bio:Cold Harbor ; died in Knox of leg wounds received in the Civil War two years earlier. (family reseracher: Deborah Escobar 116 East Palmer Ave, Sch. Jul 2003, tel 518-357-0801)
- Haswell, Arthur after serving six months, died at Bonnet Carre, La. Buried Rural Cemetery, Albany
- Hawley, John Jacob Warner (alias)
- Henion, William A.
- Kellogg, Andrew W. died in the CW
- Ketcham, Newton
- Ketchum, William H.
- Kniskern, Harrison
- Lewis, John
- Mitchell, William Elida, widow 1890 - Buried in the
- Osterhout, William A.
- Pier, David
- Pitcher, Amos
- Price, Charles captured at , died
- Quay, John Miner
- Quay, Lewis Washington Cpl. Bio:Heroes of Albany Buried in the Bio:Knox Cemetery
- Quay, Paul Sgt. Bio:Heroes of Albany
- Riter, George killed May, 10, 1864, at Po River, Va.
- Roach, Isaac Jonathan Cpl. Bio:Heroes of Albany
- Saddlemire, Denison
- Saddlemire, Harvey
- Sant, Leonard C.
- Schermerhorn, Phillip
- Schoonmaker, Paul
- Secor, Charles
- Secor, Gabriel
- Secor, Gabriel Henry
- Secor, John Simon wounded in the right leg at Cedar Creek, rendering amputation necessary, and was discharged for disability.
- Secor, Joel killed at Bio:Petersburg
- Secor, Peter
- Shufeldt, Edward
- Shufeldt, Franklin
- Shufeldt, Sidney - Buried in the Bio:Knox Cemetery
- Sitterly, Lawrence
- Smith, John
- Spawn, Henry
- Spawn, Lewis
- Spawn, William
- Stafford, David - Buried in Bio:High Point Cemetery
- Stafford, Isaac
- Stafford, John - Buried in Bio:High Point Cemetery
- Stafford, Thomas Jr. missing in action at Bio:Petersburg , presumed killed
- Stalker, John
- Stevens, Peter H. wounded at Bio:Spotsylvania, captured at Bio:Petersburg ; died of scurvy at Bio:Andersonville
- Sturges, Charles Edmund (Sturgis) captured at Bio:Deep Bottom , paroled
- Swart, Miles
- Thompson, John
- Towsend, Chauncey Groat
- Van Benscoten, Jacob was wounded at Bio:Petersburg Buried in the Bio:Knox Cemetery
- Way, Harvey
- Way, Henry - Buried in Bio:High Point Cemetery
- West, Ezra
- Westfall, Elias
- Whipple, Thomas Pinkney
- Young, Perry
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War provides an 1865 list of soldiers who enlisted in Knox. Many were residents of Knox.
- 1890 Veterans Schedules for Knox
Civil War Soldiers from Knox from History of Albany County, by Howell and Tenney (Photos by Allen Deitz. There is no image 4).
People who were in the book but are not in the images:
- Miner Ecker, private, Sixty-first Regiment, Company I; enlisted in August, 1862; mustered September 19, 1862; discharged by reason of disability and died in Knox, and is buried in Berne.
- Amos Gideon Hanes, private, Ninety-first Regiment, Company D; enlisted in August, 1861; mustered in November, 1861; served nearly three years; died of chronic diarrhoea, and was buried in Knox Cemetery.
- Arthur Haswell, private, 177th Regiment, Company B; enlisted October 22, 1862; mustered November 18, 1862; after serving six months, died at Bonnet Carre, La.; buried in Rural Cemetery, Albany.
- Newton Ketcham, private, Ninth Artillery, Company A; enlisted September 6, 1864; mustered September 12, 1864; was in service ten months, participating in the fight at Cedar Creek and the battle of Petersburg, Va.
- George Riter, private, Sixty-first Regiment, Company I; enlisted August 30, 1862; mustered September 19, 1862; killed May, 10, 1864, at Po River, Va.
- Lewis Washington Quay, private, Seventh Artillery, Company K; enlisted August 4, 1862; mustered August 14, 1862; served nearly a year and died at Washington, D.C., of typhus fever.
- John Simon Secor, private, Ninth Artillery, Company A; enlisted September 6, and mustered September 12, 1864; after serving a little more than a month, he was wounded in the right leg at Cedar Creek, rendering amputation necessary, and was discharged for disability.
- Henry W. Stalker, private, Sixty-first Regiment. Company J; enlisted in August, and mustered September 19, 1862; died at Washington, D. C.. May 5, 1863, from wounds, and was buried at Washington.
- Chauncey Groat Townsend, private, Sixty-first Regiment, Company I; enlisted in August, and mustered September 19, 1862.
- Henry Crary Williams, enlisted August 30, 1862, and mustered September 19, 1962, as first sergeant, Company H, Sixty-first Regiment; promoted to second lieutenant February 20, 1863, and to captain, January 12, 1864.
- Stiner, Daniel Henry, private, Tenth Regiment, Company G; enlisted October 1, 1862; mustered October 13, 1862.
- George W. Stiner, private, Tenth Regiment [Listed under Berne]
Soldiers associated with Knox
Soldiers possibly born in Knox according to their Muster Roll Abstract as found on Ancestry.com, or lived or buried in Knox.
- Adams, Giles - Born and lived in Guilderland
- Bouck, Hamilton B. - Born in Middleburg - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Bouck, Peter G. - Schoharie County Soldier - Buried in the Knox Cemetery
- Bronk, Elias (Brunk) - Lived in Altamont close to Knox border
- Cortwright, George W. - Lived in Wright - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Mereness, Jacob - Lived in Wright - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Moreans, William (Morenes)
- Pier, George - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Peer, David (Pier, Rier)
- Quay, Lewis - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Reinhart, Addison - (Rhinehart on stone) - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Rust, Pulaski - Schoharie County Civil War Soldier - Buried in Knox Cemetery
- Sant, Leonard C.
- Schemerhorn, Phillip
- Sitterly, Ira
- Spawn, William - Born in Knox , lived in Berne
- Steiner, Cornelius (Stiner)
- Taggart, James - Buried in the Knox Cemetery - lived in Gallupville
- Taggart, John A. - Buried in the Knox Cemetery - lived Berne and Gallupville, born Wright
- Van Alstine, George D. (Van Alstyne)
- Veazie, Arthur
- Vroman, William
- Young, Treat D. - Buried in the Knox Cemetery
Additional Names from Knox Sesquicentennial list:
- Joseph Drum (2/27/1835- /7/9/1906) - Knox Cemetery
- Philip FUllerton Post 198 (2/14/1840 - 6/13/1903) - Knox Cemetery
- Alvah S Wilday Post 198
- George H. Williams (1836-1883) died at Berkeley, CA - Knox Cemtery
- Jesse Wood Died Aug 14, 1863 Buried in Berne in Wood Cemetery
- Albert Simons Pvt. 11 Reg Co. G
- Lewis Quay died 1895 - Knox Cemetery
- Henry W. Stalker Pvt 61 Rg Co J Buried at Washington
- Orville Merrihew Pvt 113 Rg Co D Died Miller Prison
- John Michael Stines Pvt 11 Bat
- William Havens Pvt 7 Art Co K Buried Petersburg, VA
- William Dariues Fairlee 10th Reg
- James D. Covert Pvt 156th Reg
- Myron L. Ham 10th Reg
- Spencer Levie 10th Reg
- Francis Courtney 10 Reg
- Uriah Hallenbeck 10th Reg Co G Died in Service Buried in Cairo
- Samuel W. Kelley 10th Inf.
- George Ronert O'Donald 44 th
- George Todd 10th Reg
- Maddison Settle 10th Reg Co. G Buried at Fort Pillow
- Daniel W. Foley 10th Reg
- Henry Crounse 91th
- Daniel Henry Stiner Pvt. 10th Reg
- George W. Stiner Pvt 10th Reg
- Kleber Burlingame Corp 61th Reg. Co. I
- Albert Bell Pvt 10th Reg Co G
- John Henry Carroll &th Art. Co A Pvt Buried Petersburg, VA
- John Hurst Pvt 7th Art. Co. K died Baltimore, MD
- John S. Simons Pvt 9th Art. Co. A Discharged on Disability
- Charles H. Hochstrasser Pvt. 10th Co g Hon. discharge
- Alonzo Luddens Jr. Corp 187 Reg CO I at Port Hudson, LA buried Gallupville
- Hiram Clift Captain Navy (1803 - 1874)
- Altamont Enterprise, 12 Oct. 1934, article by Margaret E. Burke on the history of Knox.