Hidden History of Vincennes & Knox County

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The Battle of Fort Sackville appears in every history of Vincennes and Knox County, yet so much more defines this area. Everyone is familiar with George Rogers Clark, but few know about ordinary but accomplished figures like diplomat Hubbard Taylor Smith and Civil War veteran Joseph Roseman. The Stibbins murder of 1911 and other long-forgotten crimes once shocked the county, and visits by politicians and entertainers, including Buffalo Bill Cody, enthralled residents before quickly slipping from memory. Weather made history, too, such as the destructive hailstorm that pounded northern Knox County in 1907. With the help of rare photographs, local historian and Sun-Commercial columnist Brian Spangle brings to life these stories and more.
ISBN: 9781467145558
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Indiana
Series: Hidden History
Images: 62
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Knox County native Brian Spangle graduated from Indiana State University with a master’s degree in history in 1985. He was employed at the Knox County Public Library for thirty years, retiring from his position as historical collection administrator in 2016. He has written a local history column for the Vincennes Sun-Commercial since 1999. In 2015, he published his first collection of those columns in Vincennes History You Don’t Know. In 2017, Spangle received the prestigious Hubert Hawkins History Award for distinguished service in local history from the Indiana Historical Society. In 2019, he was presented the National Historic Preservation Award from the Francis Vigo Chapter DAR.
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