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Lyman E. Knapp papers, 1862-1887.
Knapp, Lyman E., 1837-1904.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 189:15-16  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Knapp, Lyman E., 1837-1904.
Title : Lyman E. Knapp papers, 1862-1887.
Physical Description : 2 folders.
Summary :

The collection includes Knapp's commission as Captain of Company I, 16th Regiment, dated Sept. 20, 1862; his commission as Captain of Company F, 17th Regiment, dated April 9, 1864; his commission as Major of the same company, dated November 1, 1864; and his commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the 17th Regiment, dated December 10, 1864. The collection also includes one photograph and one engraved portrait of Knapp. Also included in the collection is a manuscript/typescript of a 1887 Memorial Day address given by Knapp and a photocopy of Knapp's undated notes relating to the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg.

The collection includes a folder of secondary information about Knapp's life. Included in this folder are a genealogical summary of the Knapp family back to the 1600s,several biographical sketches and an obituary.

Biographical or historical data :

Lyman E. Knapp, son of Hiram and Elvira (Stearns) Knapp, was born in Somerset, Vermont, November 5, 1837, and died in Seattle, Washington, October 9, 1904. He enlisted as a private in Co. I, 16th Vermont Regiment and was subsequently elected captain of the company. He was wounded at Gettysburg facing Pickett's charge. After his nine month enlistment he reenlisted, raising a company of volunteers at Townshend, to become Co. F, 17th Vermont Regiment, of which he was captain. He fought in thirteen battles, was wounded twice more, at Spottsylvania and Petersburg. He was promoted Major October 25, 1864, and Lieutenant Colonel a few days later. He also received a brevet commission from President Lincoln "for gallant and meritorious action" at Petersburg, Virginia.

After the war he taught at Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, then for thirteen years he was editor of the Middlebury Register. He read for the law and was admitted to practice in the Vermont courts in 1876. He held a variety of positions in Middlebury. From 1869 to 1889 he was a trial justice of the peace, and from 1879 to 1889 he was a judge of probate court. Knapp served as clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives 1872-1873, and as a Representative in 1886-1887.

Knapp was appointed Governor of the Territory of Alaska by President Benjamin Harrison on April 12, 1889, and served for four years. He was founder and president of the Alaska Historical Society. He then moved to Seattle, where he practiced law until his death.

Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 16th 1862-1863. Company I.
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 17th 1864-1865.
Subject Term : Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Memorial Day addresses.
Geographic Term : Somerset (Vt.) Biography.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genre/Form : Military commissions.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.