Thursday, July 25, 2013

Delaware Civil War Cavalry Organized by Napoleon B. Knight of Little Creek.

Description: Colonel Napoleon Boneparte Knight to Raise Delaware Cavalry Regiment
Date: August 13 1862

Newspaper published in: Georgetown

Source: Roger Martin Collection

Page/Column: This Week in Delaware History

Dover, Delaware August 13, 1862 :

Major Napoleon Boneparte Knight, of Little Creek Hundred, Kent county, Delaware, has received authority to raise four companies of cavalry in Delaware for the civil war.
Napoleon is the son of James and Rebecca Knight, a prominent Kent county gentleman farmer family. of Little Creek Hundred, born the 3rd of 7 children. He as educated at a prominent educational institute in New York. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of Colonel in command of the first Delaware Cavalry Regiment, assigned to the 8th Army Corps to Baltimore Defense, saw action at Westminster, later assigned to the Army of Potomac, 6th Army, 1st division, 1st Brigade, with action at Cold Harbor.
After the war in 1867, Col Knight moved to Salem, Oregon, where he became a Lawyer and married Sarah Ursula Miller, daughter of General John F. Miller. together they raised one son and two daughters.
Col Knight died in Salem, Oregon, 17 February 1902, 62 years of age, where he was a lawyer. He and his wife are buried in Odd Fellows Rural Cemetery, Marion county, Oregon.

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