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Federal (USV)


Edwin Augustus Knight

(1843 - 1910)

Home State: New Hampshire

Education: New York University, School of Medicine, Class of 1867

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a student in the Class of 1863 at Dartmouth College until he enlisted 17 September 1861 as Hospital Steward of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 7 February 1863 at Falmouth, VA. He attended the Medical School of Maine for one term in 1863. He was then drafted and mustered in as Private, Company F, and reappointed Hospital Steward 18 November 1863. He mustered out of service on 28 June 1865.

After the War

He earned an MD degree from New York University in 1867. He practiced in Lebanon, NH from 1868 - 1895, and in West Newton, MA 1896 - 1910. In 1905 his Federal pension was increased to $50 per month. He killed himself in 1910 with diluted hydrocyanic acid. His widow Mary Chandler Whitaker was awarded a pension of $20/month in 1911.

References & notes

Basic information from Child, M.D.1. Further details from family genealogists and the General Catalogue of Bowdoin College and the Medical School of Maine 1794-1950, pp. 481-2. He was the eldest son of Surgeon Luther Knight.


04/24/1843; Thornton, NH


06/14/1910; Franklin, NH; burial in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, NH


1   Child, M.D., William, A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, Bristol (NH): R.W. Musgrove, Printer, 1893, pp. 121 - 132  [AotW citation 13350]