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In April, 1863, the Fifty-second Ohio was sent
to Bentwood Station, doing guard duty on the
railroads. June 1, however, they returned to
Nashville, and about the middle of the month
were ordered to Murfreesboro, where young Knise-
ly taken sick, with the typhoid fever. Col.
Dan McCook had him taken to a private house,
where he received the best of nursing, and two
months later was enabled to rejoin his regiment on
its way to Nashville, where it arrived September
1. On leaving camp they moved through Frank-
lin, Columbus, Athens, Huntsville, Stephenson,
and Bridgeport, from which latter place they made
their way across Lookout Mountain to Chattanooga.
On the 18th of September they were at Rossville
Gap, and the following day inarched to the left of
Rosecrans' army. About two o'clock in the after-
noon of the 20th, the reg.ment fought the battle
of Chickamauga. After that conflict the command
went back to Chattanooga, where they remained a
few days, when they crossed the creek to the north
of Chickamauga and moved on to Brown's Ferry.
Crossing the river at that place, they found them-
selves in Lookout Valley. Thence, under the com-
mand of General Hooker, they retraced their steps
to North Chickamauga, where they were placed
under the leadership of Sherman, and took part in



the battle of Missionary Ridge. After this engnge-
nent tliey started to Eastern Tennessee, to tiie re-
lief of General Burnside. On tlieir return they
remained for a few weeks at Connauga Mills, then
marched again for Chattanooga, arriving there De-
cember 24, 1863.

After a stop of a short time in llic above place,
the forces were ordered to McElfce Chinch, Ga.,
and remained there in camp until February, 1864.
They were next ordered out under General,
and began active skirmishing along the line to
Buzzard's Roost. Returning to McElfee's Church,
they stopped there until the middle >_ March, then
moved to Lee & Garden's Mills, Ga. On this bat-
tlefield the regiment lay drilled and recruited un-
til May 2, on which morning tiiey were ordered
out to engage in the Atlanta campaign. The first
active skirmish occurred at Ringgold. This was
followed by the fights at Tunnel IIIU and Buzzard's
Roost. At the last-named place the division in
which our subject was a member was taken out,
and, going through Snake Creek Ga[), took part in
the battle of Res.aca. They then joined the Sec-
ond Division under Davis, and marched to Rome,
Ga., where occurred a confiict. From there they
went to Pumpkin Vine Ridge, when the Second
Division was sent to the right at Dallas, joining
the command of General ]McPherson. After this
action they went to Big Shanty, and from thereto
the foot of Kenesaw Mountain, where the regi-
ment lay under fire of the rebel guns for seven
days. June 25 they were moved to the right,
and on the morning of the 27th were in the general
charge on the mountain, where General McCook
was mortally wounded and the Union forces lost
heavily, especially the regiment of Mr. Knisely.
The F'ederal troops remained on the field of battle
for several da3's under the enemy's fire, and on
their retreat moved on to the Chattahoochee River,
where occurred another confiict, lasting several
days. The Union forces then crossed the river,
and on the morning of the I'Jtli of July, 1864,
took part in the battle of Peach Tree Creek.

The command of our subject was on duty about
Atlanta until August 28, when. they were ordered
elsewhere, and later fought at Joncsboro, Septem-
ber 1. After tills encounter the^- went back to

Atlanta in charge of prisoners, and remained there
until about the 20th of the month, when the di-
vision was placed on a train and conveyed to
Athens, Ala., in order to operate against Wheel-
er's cavalry. After doing good service there, they
returned to Atlanta, and as a part of the Four-
teenth Armj' Corps went with Sherman on his
march to the sea, participating in the siege of
Savannah. Thence they went through the Caro-
linas, fighting at Averysborough and Bentonville,
whence they moved on to Goldsboro, where the
troops were given new clothing. Leaving Golds-
boro, they encountered the enemj- at Smithfield,
and again near Raleigh. From the latter place
tliey marched to a point on the Cape Fever River,
where the last engagement took place. After that
thc3' marched through to Washington, and partici-
pated in the Grand Review, at which timeoursub-
ject plajed his old snare-drum during the entire
parade. The troops were then mustered out, Mr.
Knisel>'s regiment being paid off and honorably
discharged at Camp Chase, June 25, 1865. lie
still has in his possession the drum which was pre-
sented to him by his regiment, and which on im-
portant occasions he uses, he having been one of
the noted drummers of the late war.

After his return iiome, our subject took up the
trade of a carpenter, which he has followed more
or less all his life. For fifteen .years he was in the
employ of F^nglish & Dixon, agricultural-imple-
ment manufacturers, working in the wood depart-
ment. At the expiration of that time he did con-
tracting on his own account until his health de-
manded a change in occupation.

In 1887 Mr. Knisely was elected a member of
the City Council on the Republican ticket, and on
the expiration of his term, so popular was he with
the people, he was re-elected to the same posi-
tion. For three years, dating from 1885, he was
Chief of the F"'ire Department, giving entire satis-
faction while the incumbent of this important po- '
sition. In IMarch, 1893, he was placed in charge of
the city hall, which post he now holds.

The marriage of our subject with Miss F^lsie
Ilensell was celebrated November 1, 1866. The
lady was the (laughter of Joseph and Margaret
(Frible^) Ilensell, natives of Tuscarawas County.


T() Mr. and Mrs. Knisely there were born two chil-
dren. Charles E., and an infant who died unnamed.
The former, who was born in 1876, is a graduate
of the high school of this city, and, like his honored
father, is a noted drummer. Mrs. Knisely is a
member in excellent standing of the Lutheran
Church, and is active in all good works.

In social affairs our_ subject is a prominent Odd
Fellow, belonging to Lodge No. 107, at New Phil-
adelphia, in which he has passed all the chairs.
As a matter of course, he is a Grand Army man,
and is now Sergeant-Major of his post. He also
belongs to the Union Veteran Union, and takes
great interest in all Grand Army affairs.

^^ors: Miiinio S., Hugo C. F. and Otto
Pliilip, besides William K. Sykes, a son by the first
union of Mis. Horn.

In social affairs our subject is a prominent Odd
Fellow, belonging to Lodge No. 82; Betliesda En-
campment No. 31t; Dover Lodge No. 1G8, K. of P.,
and Star Division No. 100. U. H. He holds the
position of Major of the Fifth Regiment, and is a
member of the German Workingmen's Society,
with which he has been connected since 1869. He
is a member of St. John's German Evangelical

Always active in enterprises set forth for tlie
good of the community, Mr. Horn assisted in the
building of the opera house in this city, and still
holds a one-third interest in the same. He likewise
is a partner in a thriving meat-market, and the
proprietor of extensive coal-yards in Akron. Few
men in Dover are more liighl}' respected than he,
or have a larger or more intlucntial acquaintance-


LYMAN HAKDMAN, a veteran of the late
Cy war, is County Clerk of Tuscarawas County,
having his home in New Phil.'.delphia. In
the discharge of the duties pertaining to his office
he has liecn a faithful servant of the people, who
place the utmost conlidcnce in his ability and fidel-
ity. He is a native of Oliio,liis birth having oc-
curred in Washiugtonville, Columbiana County,
January 23.1812. His father, Michael Hardman, a native of the same [)lace, but the grandfather,
Daniel Hardman, came from an old Pennsylvania

In 18r)2 Michael Hardman removed to this
county, where ho continued his former occupation
of farming. In 1871 he removed to Charlotte
County, ^'a., and for five years speculated in town
property. Thou returning to Oliio, he settled for
a tune in Now Philadolphia, and tlience went to
Lectonia. Columbiana County, in 1883. In that
city occurred his death, May 20, 1894. His wife,

whose maiden name was Charlotte Mowry, was
born in Coshocton County, this stale. Her parents
lived on a farm, and came from Pennsylvania to
Ohio in an early day. Mrs. Hardman is still living,

Online LibraryHenry James LeePortrait and biographical record of Guernsey County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the p → online text (page 27 of 83)