John J. Knox papers

John J. Knox papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
Title: John J. Knox papers
Dates: 1854-1946
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3119

Biographical/Historical Note

John J. Knox was born on February 3, 1835 in Onandaga, New York. He enlisted in Company D of the Fifth Michigan Infantry in 1861 after having been expelled (for his Union sentiments) from the state of Mississippi where he had been a teacher. In 1862 he assumed command of his company and was gravely wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks the same year. Unfit for further battle duty, he served as Provost Marshall at Plattsburgh, New York and Scranton, Pennsylvania. After the war, he served in the Freedmen's Bureau in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He later worked for the Department of Interior in Indian Territory. Knox died of complications from his war wound on April 19, 1877.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 2 boxes of material. Box 1 contains papers relating for the most part to Knox's career after the war, mainly when he worked for the Freedmen's Bureau in Mississippi and Georgia. Included are clippings from his personal scrapbook, affidavits, letters, manuscript speeches, military documents, and other material. The clippings include letters he wrote to the editor along with articles about his work and experiences in the Freedmen's Bureau and also the Dpt. of Interior. Most of the speeches, covering a wide array of topics, were probably written during the time he was a teacher in Mississippi prior to the war. Of particular interest are also two speeches he gave at the Knox Institute (a Freedmen's school named after him) in Athens, Georgia. Box 2 contains material relating mainly to Knox's family. Included are letters (many addressed to Clarkston, Michigan), an account book, photographs, and other miscellany.


Arranged into 2 series by topic.

Index Terms

Account books
African American schools--Georgia--Athens.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Knox Institute and Industrial School.
Knox family
Knox, John J., 1835-1877
Knox, John J., 1835-1877 -- Correspondence
Manuscripts (document genre)
Military records.
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. -- Records and correspondence
United States. Dept. of the Interior.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John J. Knox papers, MS 3119. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Freedmen's Bureau in Georgia and the South

11Affidavit, 1866 July 11
2Affidavit, 1866 July 11
3Affidavit, 1866 July 11
4Affidavit, 1866 July 20
5Affidavit, 1866 July 20
6Affidavit, 1868 May 27
7Clippings. Fldr. 1
8Clippings. Fldr. 2
9Commission, 1868 January 1
10Contract (teacher's), 1854 November 11
11Envelopes (empty)
12Financial statement, 1868 January 1
13Letter, 1861 January 25
14Letter, 1861 March 25
15Letter, 1866 March 1
16Letter, 1866 May 1
17Letter, 1866 July 9
18Letter, 1868 March 1
19Letter, 1868 May 22
20Letter, 1868 September 10
21Letter, 1868 September 13
22Letter, 1868 November 21
23Letter, 1868 November 24
24Letters, 1906 November 12 (2)
25Military records (copies)
26Military. Quartermaster document, 1864 September 13
27Military. Quartermaster document, 1864 October
28Military. Quartermaster document, 1867 September 15
30Receipt, 1898 March 10
31Speech (at Knox Inst., Athens, Ga., 1867 December
32Speech (at Knox Inst. Athens, Ga. ?)
33Speech before court re. a debt
34Speech re. Caesar or Brutus
35Speech re. Conquest of Cuba
36Speech re. Foreign emigration
37Speech re. Hope of reward
38Speech re. Indians
39Speech re. Intemperance or war
40Speech re. Intemperance or war
41Speech re. Married or single life
42Speech re. Memory of the past or hope of the future
43Speech re. Pursuit or possession of an object
44Speech re. Selection of a school principal
45Speech re. Slavery question
46Speech re. Teaching of classics in college
47Speech re. Washington and Columbus
48Speech re. Washington and Columbus
49Speech re. Wealth or popularity
50Speech re. Women or money

Series 2: John J. Knox Family Papers

21Account book. Mrs. John J. Knox, 1899-1914
2Address book
4Calling cards, etc.
6Diary excerpt, 1893 February 25
7Envelopes (empty)
10Letters, 1876-1884
11Letters, 1885-1891
12Letters, 1892-1893
13Letter, 1911
14Letters, 1925-1926
15Letters, 1946 & undated
16Memorial cards, etc.
18Printed material