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William J Knight

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    21st Ohio Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Georgia, USA
One of 19 of 24 men (including two civilians) who, by direction of Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchell, penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanaooga and Atlanta.
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Knight
Medal of Honor Recipient William J. Knight
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Farmers Center, Defiance County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 1863
  • Born: January 24, 1837, Apple Creek, Wayne County, OH, United States
  • Died: , Stryker, OH, United States
  • Buried: Oakwood Cemetery (PM), Stryker, OH, United States

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