Andrew Savage Knight's Obituary

Andrew Knight

Veteran of the 18th Maine and 1st Maine Heavies Who Had Fine War Record, Lived in Newburgh

(from unnamed newspaper article)

The funeral of Andrew S. Knight of Newburgh, who d. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1908, was held at his late home Sunday afternoon. Rev. C.W. Lake of Newburgh officiating. Mr. Knight was a fine citizen and a man who will be greatly missed, not only by his immediate family but by all his neighbors and particularly by the young people with whom he was always a favorite, and of whom he was especially fond. His has been an active life, and one of more than ordinary interest. He was born in Hampden, May 23, 1833, the son of Thomas and Mercy Knight, and was 75 years and five months of age at the time of his death. He was twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth Fields of Winterport, his second, Clara Young of Matinicus Isle. At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Knight enlisted in the 18th Maine Infantry, in which he served for a short time, afterwards being transferred to Co. F., First Maine Heavy Artillery, with which he remained until the close of the war, being discharged June 13, 1865.

Mr. Knight's war record is one that deserves to be preserved, for he was a soldier who never knew a fear and he always bore himself well under the most trying circumstances, experiencing many adventures, concerning which volumes might be written. He was wounded several times. He was that type of soldier who was not stopped in his work by wounds of lesser consequence. On several occasions he was badly hurt, bandaged his own wounds and kept on with his duties, as if nothing had happened. On one occasion his regiment was scattered and he was cut off from his comrades and he was surrounded by the enemy's forces when he could plainly see that something must be done or ehe would become a prisoner of war. Discovering a dead Confederate officer, he managed to get his uniform on over his own, and laid down to sleep among the dead and wounded of the southern forces. By the fortune of war this part of the field fell again into the hands of the Union soldiers, and Mr. Knight was captured by his own friends. It did not take him long when taken to headquarters to remove his Confederate uniform and prove his identity as a member of the First Maine Heavy Artillery. This is but one of the many incidents in his career as a soldier.

At the battle of Spottsylvania, May 19, 1864, Mr. Knight was seriously wounded and he carried the rebel bullet in his shoulder the rest of his life. But his wounds did not deter him from service and he returned to the front and continued till the close of the war.

After returning from the service, for a time he followed the sea, finally settling down at Lake Melunkus, where he had a farm and kept a house for sportsmen. Nine years ago he came back to Newburgh and bought the farm where his last years were passed. He was a member of Asbury Caldwell post, G.A.R., of Sherman Mills, and he was always devoted to the Grand Army, but he did not belong to any other secret orders. He was not an office seeker and never held public office of any sort but he always took an active interest in public affairs, being an ardent Republican.

Devoted to his family, Mr. Knight gave the best years of his life to their welfare and was a kind father and husband. Besides his widow he leaves eight children as follows: Mrs. Edna A. Goodspeed, Newburgh; Mrs. Clement W. Knight, Winterport; Mrs. Joan Cyr, Winterport; Edward P. Knight, Hampden; Mrs. Nellie Y. Jones, Bangor; Lizzie A. Knight, Newburgh; and Mrs. Etta L. Cilley, Newburgh.

He also leaves two brothers, William Knight of Newburgh and Walter Knight, also of Newburgh, and three sisters, Mrs. Florialla Kimball of Carmel, Mrs. Maria Underwood, of Natick, Mass., and Mrs. Ellen Mayhew of Somerville, Mass.

His funeral was largely attended by his neighbors, friends, and relatives. At his own request music was furnished by a chair of his young friends in the neighborhood, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Hall C. Dearburn, Mr. and Mrs. D. Albert Chapman and miss Louvie Bartlett. There were many floral tributes, some of the most beautiful coming from friends in Boston, who had known him during his life at Lake Molunkus.

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