Francis W. Knowles Papers, 1862-1885

Manuscript Collection #164

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Francis W. Knowles Papers
    Creator: Knowles, Francis W.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1862-1885) consisting of diary, with description of camp, confederate and activities of knights of Golden Circle.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 1 item , diary.
  • Description

    The Francis W. Knowles Papers consist of a diary scrapbook (1862-1865) written by Private Knowles while serving in Company B of the 36th Massachusetts Volunteers. The diary records the activities of Knowles, who was mainly a clerk, as he participated with the IX Corps at Fredericksburg (December, 1862), in the District of Indiana and Michigan (June-September, 1863), the Knoxville Campaign (November-December, 1863), the Wilderness campaign (May, 1864), the Spotsylvania Courthouse campaign (May, 1864), at Cold Harbor (June 3-4, 1864), and in the Petersburg campaign (June, 1864-April, 1865).

    Entries of interest include a description of camp life at Camp Wool in Massachusetts (August, 1862); the activities of the Confederate raider John Morgan in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana (June-July, 1863); and the activities of the Knights of the Golden Circle in Kentucky (September-November, 1863). Also included are a report by General Edwin V. Sumner of the Battle of Fredericksburg in which he commanded the Right Grand Division; newspaper clipping entitled "The Last Night of Fredericksburg" by Joshua L. Chamberlain; autographs of Ambrose B. Burnside, Lewis Richmond, and John G. Parke; maps of the various campaigns in which Knowles participated; battlefield sketches; and field orders. Knowles was mustered out of the army in June of 1865.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    May 13, 1971, 1 item; Diary (1862-1865). Purchased by J. Y. Joyner Library, Greenville, North Carolina.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased by J. Y. Joyner Library

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Francis W. Knowles Papers (#164), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by R. Weaver, March 1972

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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