The following photographs and information are original members of the “Bloody Sixth”. I am honored to include their stories and images here. If you would like to share a story or photo about your 6th NCST ancestor, please leave a comment and I will be in touch.
Pvt. John Wesley Knott
(spelled Nott on muster rolls)
Company A, Sixth North Carolina State Troops
Prior Occupation: Farmer
Enlisted: September 15, 1862
Where: Yadkin County
Age at enlistment: 18
Captured: Rappahannock Station, Va. November 7, 1863 & sent to Point Lookout, Md
Paroled: February 24, 1865 at Aikens Landing, Va. and appeared on the Hospital Muster at General Hospital Camp Winder, Richmond, Va. in March 1865.
John Wesley Knott was born on February 18, 1844 and lived near Bloomington, North Carolina by the Yadkin River. A note from Bruce Zigler’s Grandmother recalled -“He lived at Buffalo, NC, a little town East of Yadkinville. Went to Church at Enon, NC. I believe it was Baptist.”
Family lore recalls that the 18 year old farm boy was working in a field when a wagon load of soldiers came along and took him with them. His compiled service record indicates he was enlisted by a Col. of Militia, as a conscript.
He is listed on the Confederate Roll of Honor.
After the war he had nine boys and in the 1880’s moved to Champaign, Illinois. He died there on February 14, 1912. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Urbana, Illinois, Champaign County – (Champaign, Illinois.)
Above is a family portrait of J. W. Knott’s family circa 1901-1902. His son Blum (or Bloom, named for Bloomington, N. C.) is seated far left in photo and is Bruce’s Great-Grandfather. Bloom’s daughter Bertha is Bruces’s Grandmother. She is seated on floor in front of John Knott – in Gray suit . John W. Knott also had a son named Avery – named in honor of his Regimental and Brigade commander Colonel Isaac Erwin Avery.
Additional information or photos would be welcomed to complete the record of this honorable soldier.