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John J. Knox was a major in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War and a leading figure in the Freedmen's Bureau.[1] Knox Institute was named for him. Monroe Morton attended the Knox Institute and became a messenger for Major Knox.[2]

Johnston was seriously injured during the Civil War and suffered from severe dysentery afterwards.[1]

The University of Georgia library has a collection of papers relating to Knox and the Freedmen's Bureau's activities.[3]

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