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Civil War Veteran and Wife Finally Put to Rest.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I belong to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) group. Today we stood for Peter Jones Knapp and his wife, Georgianna Eliza Pierson Knapp. This will probably be the last time this will ever happen in the United States. It was a great honor for me to attend this funeral that has been waiting for 88 years, today, since his death April 13th 1924. Several TV stations and other various news correspondents were there in attendance to memorialize the funeral event. Below is the announcement of the funeral to the PGR. Also people can Google Mr. Knapps and find various history and information.
Peter Jones Knapp, Civil War Veteran, Georgianna Pierson Knapp, Portland, OR, 13/Apr/12
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard Riders, we have been given a very special honor. We have been invited by the great-great-grand niece to stand for Civil War Veteran, Peter Jones Knapp and his wife, Georgianna Eliza Pierson Knapp. They have waited far too long to reach their final resting place, and we are honored to be allowed to stand for them both. After each of their funeral services, they were taken to the Portland Crematorium, but for whatever reason they were never interred. This will be the original burial for them both.

Peter joined the Union Army at a young 19 years old and was thrust into battle immediately. Seven months and several battles later, he came down with typhoid. Deemed too ill to travel the 10 miles by wagon, he and others were left in an abandoned building without medical attention for three weeks. Surviving that, he was active in numerous noted battles of the Civil War. In the Battle of Iuka, war records show his regiment lost more in this one hour and twenty minute engagement than any other regiment lost in any one engagement during the war. He was taken prisoner in the battle at Missionary Ridge. After 17 months, starved and almost blind, he escaped with others. After the Civil War, he later re-enlisted and served 15 months in the Indian War. Mr. Knapp survived in a desperate time and against incredible odds to live a long, full life.

He and Georgianna married in 1870 and remained so for 53 years. They came to Kelso, WA in 1887 and he started in the mill business. He was a justice of the peace and a police judge. He was a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) commandant for three posts in Kelso and in charge of the indigent soldier's fund for 35 years. Mr. Knapp passed away at the age of 82 on April 13, 1924 -- 88 years ago. Mrs. Knapp lived until 1930 and passed away at the age of 76.

Please join us for this never again opportunity as we pay our respects to one who helped shape our nation. This service will take place at the Rostrum and will include "the Grand Army of the Republic 1873 Burial of the Dead" Ceremony.

Mission Date: Friday, 13/Apr/12

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    So are very lucky to have been apart of that.....
    1655 days ago
    Wow, Chuck....what an honor to be able to stand for a man who fought in
    the Civil War..........

    Thank you so much for sharing this.....I am a history fan so really found
    this interesting.

    Of course, I wonder why they were not interred all those years ago, but God
    has a purpose for everything.

    1655 days ago
    What an amazing story. Thanks for sharing!
    1656 days ago
    Thank you, Chuck.
    1656 days ago
    Thank you for sharing that story - and for being there for a veteran who earned that honor and respect. I only learned about the Patriot Guard Riders about 8 years ago. I was very impressed by them. Thank you for being there to honor so many veterans.
    1656 days ago
  • LKP1949
    Thanks for attending the event. I was there as well, as a member of the family. It was a beautiful day and an amazing ceremony.
    1656 days ago
    Wow, what a wonderful opportunity to be part of history. He sounds like a pretty incredible man.
    1656 days ago
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