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Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial Event Being Planned
By Lois Hunziker
It will be 150 years ago this April since the Civil War began. Communities all across America are gearing up for this Sesquicentennial by planning reenactments and other learning events to take place over the next 4 years. Knox County will be among those commemorating the occasion. A group of people from the Knox County community and students from the school are joining together to prepare a program that promises to be both informative and entertaining. So watch the Sentinel for further updates.
Anyone having information to share on their Civil War ancestors or Civil War artifacts they’d like to display at the event is asked to contact Lois Hunziker at 660-434-5250.
Meanwhile, here’s a little quiz to see how much you know about Civil War times in Knox County:
1. What was the population of Knox County in 1860? What was the population of Edina in 1860?
2. What Knox County town was called “Little Kentucky” because of the number of former Kentuckians who lived there?
3. How many Knox County residents voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860?
4. How many slave owners and slaves were there in Knox County?
5. Did Knox County side with the Union or Confederates?
6. Name the Edina man who received a commission from Abraham Lincoln as Captain in a Colored Infantry; later helped found Lincoln University in Jeff City, MO. and came back to Edina and became a very successful businessman? His house is now the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home.
7. How many were killed at the Battle of Newark?
8. True or False, the Secessionist flag once flew over the Knox County Courthouse?
9. Which Knox County Civil War vet was among the few survivors of the Centralia Massacre led by Bloody Bill Anderson?
10. Whose blood was the first shed in Knox County during the Civil War–killed by his fiancée and her father because he was for the Union, and they were for the Confederate?