Charles H. Knox diary and letters

Charles H. Knox diary and letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Knox, Charles H., fl. 1864
Title: Charles H. Knox diary and letters
Dates: 1864-1865
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3430 to MS 3435 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3432

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles H. Knox enlisted January 5, 1864 in Company L, Connecticut 1st Cavalry. He was captured at Craig's Church, Virginia on May 5, 1864 and taken to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Knox was finally sent to Florence (South Carolina) stockade for exchange.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a memoir written by Charles H. Knox based upon a diary kept as a prisoner that describes the battle which resulted in his capture, the trip to Andersonville by train, the layout of the prison using a hand drawn map, the shelters of either tents or holes dug in the ground, the food and prices, the number of prisoners arriving on various days, punishments, hangings and exchange of prisoners. He includes maps and drawings of the prison grounds. There are also two letters to his wife. One letter informing her of his imprisonment and the other from Annapolis telling her that he was exchanged on February 26, 1865.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Andersonville Prison. -- Maps
Capital punishment--Georgia--Andersonville.
Florence Prison (S.C.).
Knox, Charles H., fl. 1864 -- Correspondence
Knox, Charles H., fl. 1864 -- Diaries
Prisoners of war--Georgia--Andersonville--Personal narratives.
Prisoners of war--Maryland--Annapolis--Personal narratives.
Prisoners of war--South Carolina--Florence--Personal narratives.
Prisoners--Abuse of--United States--History.
Prisons--Georgia--Andersonville--Pictorial works.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
United States. Army. Connecticut Artillery Regiment, 1st (1862-1865). Company L.

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles H. Knox diary and letters, 1864-1865. MS 3432. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Diary and letters View online.