Thomas W. Knox

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Portrait of Knox, published in the New York Times on January 7, 1896, on his death.
Thomas Wallace Knox

(1835-06-26)June 26, 1835
DiedJanuary 6, 1896(1896-01-06) (aged 60)
Occupation Journalist, Author
Notable credit(s)
New York Herald Civil War reporting
The Boy Travelers series

Thomas Wallace Knox (June 26, 1835 - January 6, 1896) [1] was a journalist, author, and world traveler, known primarily for his work as a New York Herald correspondent during the American Civil War. As an author, Knox wrote over 45 books, including a popular series of travel adventure books for boys. [1]

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Knox was well known for his written attacks on William Tecumseh Sherman and his Union soldiers, which reintroduced into the public debate the issue of Sherman's sanity. His work was controversial as he published important information pertaining to the Vicksburg Campaign. Knox was acquitted on spy charges but found guilty of disobeying orders. [2]

William Tecumseh Sherman US Army general, businessman, educator, and author

William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the scorched earth policies he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.


Thomas Wallace Knox was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire in 1835, [3] where he attended local schools. He became a teacher, moving west into New York State and founding an academy in Kingston. [1] In 1860, at the age of 25, Knox headed west to take part in the gold rush in Colorado. He soon started working for the Denver Daily News .

Pembroke, New Hampshire Town in New Hampshire, United States

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Kingston, New York City in New York, United States

Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, United States. It is 91 miles (146 km) north of New York City and 59 miles (95 km) south of Albany. The city's metropolitan area is grouped with the New York metropolitan area by the United States Census Bureau, It became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, including the Stockade District uptown, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout-West Strand Historic District downtown.

Gold mining in Colorado

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Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Knox enlisted in the California National Guard, where he was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel. He was wounded in a Missouri skirmish, and subsequently discharged. At that point, Knox returned to journalism, as a correspondent for the New York Herald . He soon ran afoul of General Sherman.

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<i>New York Herald</i> newspaper

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After the war, Knox traveled the world widely, at first with the Russo-American Telegraph Company. He used these experiences as the basis for more travel, and wrote numerous books on foreign places for adults and children. [1]

Knox never married. From the 1880s onward, when not traveling abroad, he lived at the Lotos Club in Manhattan. He spent his summers at the Olympic Club in Bay Shore, Long Island. Knox died at the Lotos Club in January 1896, [1] shortly after returning from the Sahara.

Lotos Club organization

The Lotos Club was founded in 1870 as a gentlemen's club in New York City; it has since also admitted women as members. Its founders were primarily a young group of writers and critics. Mark Twain, an early member, called it the "Ace of Clubs". The Club took its name from the poem "The Lotos-Eaters" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which was then very popular. Lotos was thought to convey an idea of rest and harmony. Two lines from the poem were selected for the Club motto:

In the afternoon they came unto a land

In which it seemed always afternoon

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Death of Col. Thomas W. Knox; The Lotos Club's Ex-Secretary Passes Away Suddenly". New York Times . January 7, 1896. p. 16.
  2. Phelps, James R. Thomas Wallace Knox: An Uncommon American Adventurer in the Holy Land (unpublished research paper). Accessed May 13, 2011.
  3. "Pembroke, New Hampshire". Retrieved March 21, 2014.

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