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Louis W. Knobe collection

 Collection — Folder: S1438
Identifier: S1438

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a journal of Civil War reminiscences written by Louis W. Knobe in March of 1866, recounting battles fought by the 18th Indiana Infantry Regiment between 1861 and 1863, based on notes he wrote on the battlefield. The battles recounted in the volume include: Pea Ridge, March 6-8, 1862 (pages 24-27); Magnolia Hill, May 1, 1863 (pages 28-30); Champion Hill and Black River, May 16-17, 1863 (pages 31-32); Vicksburg, May 19-July 4, 1863 (pages 33-45); Jackson, Mississippi, July 10-17, 1863 (pages 46-54).

There is also a newspaper clipping from the Franklin Star dated January 10, 1914, with the headline: "Eighteenth Indiana Regiment Had Fourteen Pairs of Brothers," which includes Louis W. and Sebastian Knobe. Three hand-written notes accompany the clipping, the two dated 1924 listing dates and events of the 18th regiment, while the third notes the regiment's medical officers.


  • 1861-1924


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Louis W. Knobe was born September 29, 1840, to Balzar and Magdaline Knobe, in Jennings County, Indiana. Serving as a 1st sergeant, he and his brother enlisted in Company I, 18th Indiana Volunteer Regiment, on August 16, 1861. On April 15, 1862, Knobe was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, and on March 14, 1863, to 1st lieutenant. Knobe mustered out on September 15, 1863. On March 10, 1864, he married Damaris C. Kimball. In 1880, they had three children: Chancey, Bertha, and Merle. Louis died on October 19, 1930, in Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Louis W. Knobe." 1880 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT: 2010. Accessed July 28, 2015. "Louis W. Knobe." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Provo, UT: 2005. Accessed July 28, 2015. "L.W. Knobe." U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. Provo, UT: 2012. Accessed July 28, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This bound manuscript is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Isabelle Tallman on 1931/01/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/14 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2015/05/14 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/28 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.