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 Daniel E Knowles

Daniel E Knowles

Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Death 8 Nov 1904 (aged 68)
Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Burial Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Indiana, USA
Plot W165-5
Memorial ID 33837706 · View Source
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Daniel E. Knowles was born and lived out his life in Dearborn County, Indiana. Like his father, William, and some of his brothers, Daniel worked as a cooper. When he was 22, he married Mary A. Sanks on December 30, 1858 in Lawrenceburg, the county seat of Dearborn County.

They settled in Clay and started their family abt 1862 with the birth of the first of their three daughters, Fannie, Nellie and Minnie. However, the Civil War interrupted their domesticity. On August 11, 1862, while the family was living in Dillsboro, Daniel enlisted as a private in Company B of the Indiana 83rd Infantry Regiment. His brothers, Robert and William, had joined Company F pf the 37th Regiment in October of 1861, and both were discharged due to disability in July and August of 1862. Did Daniel feel a need to replace his brothers in the Union Army?

The 83rd Regiment was organized at Lawrenceburg and mustered on September 9, 1862. It originally consisted of 973 men, but 120 recruits were later added bringing its total strength to 1,093 men divided into nine companies.

The regiment moved to Memphis, where it was assigned to the army operating in western Tennessee, and participated in the march to the Tallahatchie and the December campaign in the assault at Chickasaw Bluffs, Mississippi. It then joined the Arkansas expedition and was engaged in the storming and capture of Arkansas Post, after which it joined General Ulysses S. Grant's army and took part in the operations about Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Moving to the rear of the city, it was engaged at the battle of Champion's Hill, then entered the trenches at Vicksburg and was constantly on duty, often under fire, until its capitulation, taking part in the assaults of May 19 and 22, 1863.

It was in the siege and capture of Jackson, and at the close of the Vicksburg campaign accompanied Sherman's army to Memphis, marched thence to Chattanooga and participated at Missionary Ridge. It passed the winter of 1863-1864 in camp near Cleveland, Tenn., then joined the forces entering upon the Atlanta campaign, being actively engaged at Resaca, Dallas, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, near Atlanta, and at Jonesboro, and then moved north in pursuit of Hood in October 1864.

It was with Sherman on the march to Savannah took part in the assault upon Fort McAllister, then moved to Beaufort S.C., whence it accompanied the army on its march through the Carolinas to Goldsboro, being in the battles of Columbia, S.C., and Bentonville, N.C. After Johnston's surrender, it marched to Washington by way of Raleigh, Petersburg and Richmond, and participated in the grand review in May.

It was mustered out June 3, 1865 and the recruits were
transferred to the 48th Indiana Regiment. Of the total 1093 men, 249 were lost by death, 19 deserted, and 116 were unaccounted for.
[Source: American Civil War Regiments on]

Private Daniel Knowles served his full tour of duty and was finally discharged on May 15, 1865. He returned home to his wife and daughter, and resumed his work as a cooper. Daughters Nellie and Minnie joined the family in the next few years. They lived in Clay again for awhile and then settled sometime in the 1870's in Dillsboro where Daniel lived out his life.

He died on November 8, 1904, and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery (Lot #W165). He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nellie, who died at age 15 in 1881. Daughter Minnie died in 1905 at age 31 and was buried in the same lot as her father and sister. Their wife and mother, Mary, joined them in 1906. Eldest daughter, Fannie, had married Hugh McBroom on July 22, 1885 and they ended up settling in Indianapolis. Fannie died in May 1910 and is buried (Section 48, Lot 207) with her husband in Crown Hill Cemetery.

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