- 1850 Census Covington County, Mississippi indicated that James Knight age 18 was living and working for his uncle George W Brumfield.
James W. "Jim" Knight, b. 07 1831, Jones County, MS., d. 6-Aug-1865, Died in battle of Atlanta, GA., buried: Atlanta, GA., Confederate group grave. James "Jim" Knight enlisted October 9, 1861 in Jones County, MS. He was a member of Co. B of the 27th Miss. Inf. In July and August of 1863, he was extra duty as a blacksmith. On 09/30/1863 he was listed as a striker. He died as a result of his wounds in the war, and was buried in a common grave in Atlanta, GA. He elisted 10-09-1861 in Jones County, MS. by "A. McLemore" for a period of three years. Ref: Page 128, Second Paragraph of The Echo of the Black Horn.
From Jim Taylor on 10/24/02: "The microfilm on the 27th shows that James Knight, 4th Corporal, is present for the muster roll for January and February 1864. He enlisted on 9 October, 1861.
Ref: Knight Family Genealogy Project by Douglas R. Knight, "Most of my early ancestors remained in Jones and Covington County, MS. My great great-grandpa James (Jim) Knight served in the Civil War and was killed in 1865 during the battle of Atlanta, GA. He is buried in the military cemetery in Atlanta, GA. After his death, my great great grandma, Juda V. Welch Knight, moved her family to the Veterans home in Lauderdale Springs, MS. She and her five children remained there for almost fifteen years. When my great grandpa, James David Knight, reached the age of sixteen he and his mother, Juda, returned to Covington County, MS. They purchased a small farm in the Willow Grove Church area and lived there until their deaths." Ref: Page 85, Who Married Whom Covington County, MS.
He married Juda (Judy) V. Welch, 19-Jan-1853, in Jones County, MS., b. 8-Mar-1832, (daughter of Henry Welch and Sarah (Sally) Page) d. 10-Oct-1916, Covington County, MS., buried: Willow Grove Cem., Covington County, MS.
Juda: 1880 Census, Covington County, MS: Juda Knight, widow, age 49, sons Henry 20 Son James 18 and Martha Welch, sister age 40. Note from Marlane Fuentes: "Judy Welch Knight lived with Joe and Chellie Rawls when she got old. Chellie was her grandmother. My mother, Alma Rawls Sumrall remembers her as a very great person. She knew all about plants for medicines and of dying materials. She became blind before she died.".
in the U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 No Image
Name: James Knight
Regiment State/Origin: Mississippi
Regiment: 27th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Corporal
Film Number: M232 roll 22
U.S., American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866
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Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment Mississippi
Date of Organization: 1 Sep 1861
Muster Date: 9 Apr 1865
Regiment State: Mississippi
Regiment Type: Infantry
Regiment Number: 27th
Battles: Fought on 8 Oct 1862 at Perryville, KY.
Fought on 31 Aug 1864 at Jonesboro, GA.
Chickamagua after battle report:
Report of Col. James A. Campbell, Twenty-seventh Mississippi
HDQRS. TWENTY-SEVENTH MISS. REGT.,
Near Chattanooga, October 5, 1863.
CAPT.: In obedience to circular of the 4th instant from brigade
headquarters, I have the honor to submit this my report of the
part taken by the Twenty-seventh Mississippi Regt. in the battle
of Chickamauga on September 18, 19, and 20;
On the 18th, about 1 p. m., the battle line was formed on the
west side of Chickamauga Creek about three-quarters of a mile
from Alexander's Bridge, the line making an angle of about 45
with the road leading to the bridge. I was then instructed to move
forward at the sound of the bugle and to guide to the left and
dress on the Twenty-ninth Mississippi Regt. The forward
movement commenced, but owing to the fact that the woods were
very dense and many fences to cross, and that the regiments on
the right of the brigade (my regiment being next to the right
regiment) had much farther to march than those on the left, the
movement assumed more the nature of a left wheel than a
forward movement, and my regiment was compelled to take the
double-quick step, which caused some confusion, but pressed
forward as fast as possible until my left struck the bank of the
creek, at which point the enemy from the other side of the creek
fired upon them, which was responded to promptly and sharply.
On discovering that the banks of the creek were very abrupt on
both sides, and not knowing the depth of the water, I ordered my
regiment to lie down on the bank of the creek and hold their
position. The enemy abandoned his position and fled. The
regiment remained in their position until about 4 p. m.
I received orders to move by the right flank down to a ford some
2 miles lower down, and crossed about sundown and bivouacked
about 1 mile from the ford during the night.
At daylight on the morning of the 19th, we moved up the road
about 1 mile and halted, where we remained until about 9 a. m.,
when we were moved about 1 1/2 miles to our right, where
heavy firing was heard.
About 11 a. m. we engaged the enemy near a corn-field,
they in the woods and we in the field. The firing was rapid and
heavy, but only lasted a few minutes, when the order was given
to charge. The men of my regiment with a shout rose and drove
the enemy in their front some half a mile, capturing a battery as
they went, but, being flanked, had to fall back. Owing to the
rapidity of the forward movement, and the loss of many officers
and men in killed and wounded, the retreat was attended with
some confusion; but on falling back to the woods to where the
original line was formed, we reformed and were moved by the
flank in front of a corn-field in which the enemy had taken
position, halted a few minutes, and moved up to the fence and
lay down, from which point a brisk fire ensued. Discovering the
left of the brigade falling back, I ordered my regiment back
about a quarter of a mile, where we reformed and remained
during the night.
On the morning of the 20th, about 6 a. m., we moved by the left
flank about 1 mile on the left, where we remained until about 8
a. m. We were then moved by the right flank about 3 miles to
our right, where we were again moved forward to engage the
enemy. The fire opened heavily about 11 o'clock on the left of
the brigade and slightly in my own regiment, but it was soon
discovered that our friends were in our front. The firing was
immediately stopped, but not without causing considerable
confusion, which made it necessary to fall back and reform,
which was done. We were then moved by the right flank a
quarter of a mile to the right, where we remained until about 5
p. m. We were ordered forward across the Chattanooga road
some 200 yards in an old field and lay down, where we remained
till the bugle sounded to fall back, when we fell back to the
original line, reformed, and moved some hundred yards and
remained during the night.
My regiment lost in the different engagements 10 killed, 88
wounded, and 19 missing, making a total of 117.
I take great pleasure and pride in stating that all did their duty
with but few exceptions, but would especially mention that Capt.
Kennedy, Company G; Capt. Baugh, Company F; Capt. Boyd,
Company E, were remarkably active and energetic in the
discharge of their duties, and rendered invaluable assistance
throughout the entire engagement.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JAS. A. CAMPBELL,
Col., Comdg. Twenty-seventh Mississippi Regt.
Capt. E. T. SYKES,
Source: Official Records
PAGE 279-51 KY., SW. VA., TENN., MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA. [CHAP. XLII.
[Series I. Vol. 30. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 51.]