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William Knight Civil War Letters, 1861-1863 (Electronic Records), 1861 - 1863

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Collection number: 0D92366B-2D6E-FFAB-461A-A5F0832571B9

Scope and Contents

The William W. Knight Civil War Letters Collection consists of correspondence authored by William Washington Knight during his service in the Civil War. The letters are addressed to his wife and father, and provide personal insights into his experiences on the battlefield. The collection includes copies of the original letters, dating from 1861 to 1863, and contains 37 handwritten letters.


  • 1861 - 1863


Biographical Note

William Washington Knight was born on March 4, 1829, in Lowndes County, which is today part of Berrien County, Georgia. He married Mary Elizabeth Carroll (1839-1906) in 1855, and they had three children: Mary Virginia Knight, born on 1855; Walter Howard Knight, born in 1859; and Lillian Melissa, born on March 22, 1862. Knight was the son of Levi Jonathan Knight (1803-1870) and Ann Donald Clements Knight (1802-1857). He enlisted in the Confederate Army on October 1, 1861, and served in the 29th Georgia Infantry Company K as a sergeant. Knight was 6 feet in height, with dark hair and blue eyes. He died at the age of 34 from disease on December 27, 1863, and was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia.


1.29 Gigabytes (37 photocopied letters and digitized materials, approx. 1.29 GB (1,390,878,605 bytes)) : .zip 1.29 GB 1,380,251,439 2/7/2024 2:12:07 PM 2/7/2024 2:12:38 PM


From the Collection: English


1 box of photocopied letters with 3 folders each covering the years 1861, 1862, and 1863. Letters organized by years.

Processing Information

Letters scanned from photocopies in 2015. Transcribed by Student Worker Megan Johnson in 2023. Users on also helped transcribe some of the letters. Uploaded to Vtext in 2023. Finding created 2023. Cover pages and transcripts finished, February 2024 by Steven Covington. Processing completed on 2024-02-07.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)