Stryker in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William James Knight / Andrews Raiders
William J. Knight
William J. Knight (1837-1916) was born in Wayne County, Ohio and raised by his grandparents, Jacob and Martha Knight, near Farmer, Ohio. After the outbreak of the Civil War, William enlisted in Company E, 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On April 12, 1862, the twenty-five year-old Knight participated in “Andrews Raid" as an engineer. Led by James J. Andrews, the raiders stole the locomotive “General” at Big Shanty, Georgia, planning to cut telegraph lines and destroy railroad bridges and tracks as they headed north between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Above Ringgold, Georgia, the raiders were captured. Eight were executed. Knight and seven others escaped from an Atlanta jail on October 16, 1862 and made it to Federal lines. Six raiders were exchanged in 1863
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Knight and 18 other raiders were awarded the Medal of Honor for their roles. On September 27, 1864, Knight was discharged from the army upon expiration of his term of service. By 1886, he settled in Stryker and was giving lectures about the raid.
Erected 2018 by The Ohio History Connection, The William Knight Family and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 9-86.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 1862.
Location. 41° 29.924′ N, 84° 25.648′ W. Marker is in Stryker, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is on Chase Street, 0.1 miles north of Shawnee Street, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located in Oakridge Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stryker OH 43557, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stryker Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this Stryker (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Stryker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Stryker (approx. 0.7 miles away); Knight's Landing (approx. ¾ mile away); Grisier Funeral Home Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stryker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on June 7, 2023, by Grant & Mary Ann Fish of Galloway, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.