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Apple Creek in Wayne County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pvt. William J. Knight

 
 
Pvt. William J. Knight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2016
1. Pvt. William J. Knight Marker
Inscription.  
This plaque erected in honor of:
Pvt. William J. Knight
Born: Jan. 24, 1837 — Apple Creek, Ohio

Medal of Honor
Civil War


Sept. 1863
Member of Andrew’s Raiders
Engineer of captured locomotive
”General”

 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
 
Location. 40° 44.934′ N, 81° 50.117′ W. Marker is in Apple Creek, Ohio, in Wayne County. Memorial is at the intersection of East Main Street (Dover Road) (U.S. 250) and Maple Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street (Dover Road). Marker and monument are located in Fountain Park, at the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Apple Creek OH 44606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sonnenberg Settlement 1819 (approx. 5 miles away); Barnhart Rice Homestead / Frederick Rice (approx. 5 miles away);
Pvt. William J. Knight Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2016
2. Pvt. William J. Knight Monument
(marker mounted on monument — below statue)
Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station (approx. 5.4 miles away); Wayne County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); James H. Ross (approx. 5.7 miles away); To the Heroes (approx. 5.9 miles away); General Reasin Beall Homestead / Wayne County Historical Society (approx. 6.4 miles away); Twenty Pounder Parrott Guns (approx. 6˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Andrews' Raid (the Great Locomotive Chase). Ohio History Connection entry:
William J. Knight served in the Civil War as a private in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E. Before the war he was an engineer for the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad. In April 1862 Knight was one of two dozen soldiers, almost all from Ohio, who volunteered for a secret mission now famously known as Andrews' Raid or the Great Locomotive Chase. (Submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. PVT William J. Knight. (Find a Grave) entry:
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Private, Company E, 21st Ohio Infantry. Entered service at Farmer Center, Defiance County, Ohio. Date of issue: September 1863. Citation. One of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train
Pvt. William J. Knight image. Click for full size.
via Find A Grave, unknown
3. Pvt. William J. Knight
at Big Shanty, Ga., in an attempt to destroy the bridges and track between Chattanooga and Atlanta. (Submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Pvt. William J. Knight ~ Andrew's Raid Honor Roll. Fold 3 entry:
In 1862, a group of Ohioans, including Knight, volunteered to be part of a secret mission deep into Confederate territory to disrupt transportation and communication lines. Knight was one of the engineers. Union spy James G. Andrews led the group, which purchased tickets and boarded a train just north of Marietta, Georgia on the morning of April 12, 1862. When the train stopped at the town of Big Shanty for breakfast, the soldiers separated the engine, called the General, the coal tender, and three boxcars from the rest of the train. (Submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Fountain Park overview image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 29, 2016
4. Fountain Park overview
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on February 4, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   4. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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