Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Civil War Memoir: Albert I. Knowles 15th New York Cavalry

The following is from Grand Army of the Republic ~ Department of New York ~ Personal War Sketches of the Members of Charles P. Sprout Post No. 76, of Lockport

Sprout who was with the New York 28th Infantry was killed in Action at Cedar Mountain, Virginia on August 9, 1862

Albert I. Knowles
Born Ontario, New York
Company “C”, 15th New York Cavalry

…The first battle in which I was engaged was Upperville Va., Feb. 20th 1864 and was afterward in the battle of Lost River Gap …New Market …Front Royal …Newtown…Mount Jackson …Piedmont …Waynesboro …Lynchburg …Salem…Martinsburg …Snicker’s Gap …Island Ford …Ashley’s Gap …Winchester …Martinsburg …Charlestown …Green Spring Run …Lacy Springs …Waynesboro …Ashland …Dinwiddie Court Hous e…Five Forks …Rappahannock Creek …Namozine Court House …Appomattox Court House.

I deem the great Cavalry Charge of April 1st 1865 led by General G. A. Custer, turning the right flank of Lee’s Army and following up in pursuit of the confederates, and their final surrender, April 9, 1865, as the most important event in my military life. On the p.m. of April 8, 1865, General Custer charged on Lee’s Army, and captured three trains of cars, 33 pieces of artillery, 165 Battle Flags, and a large amount of Confederate Scrip, and many prisoners, including several Generals. Our Lieutenant Colonel Root was killed by the side of Major Bigelow while leading my Regiment in this charge.

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