Captain James. C. Knox was born near Ladoga on 29 November 1841 and entered the Civil War as a drummer boy for "Colonel" Lew Wallace. In the 58th regiment he became a first lieutenant and then was part of Colonel Gray's Calvary regiment. Knox spent 11 months at Macon, Georgia, as a prisoner of war after being captured at Varnel Station while fighting 9 May 1864. After returning to Ladoga, Knox was listed as a postmaster, traveled for S.H. Gregg & Labaree & Co. (a coffee & tea house in New York City). Eventually, Knox purchased a hardware store from his partners and was in business for 23 years. In June1868 Emma Anderson wed Knox. During these years, Captain Knox was also a member of the Knights of Phythias, Masons, Loyal Legion, Knights of Templar, Eastern Star, and G.A.R. In 1905 he was joint representative for Hamilton, Madison, Boone, and Montgomery Counties as part of the "shoe-string district." The Crawfordsville Daily Journal stated Knox's funeral was one of the best attended funerals Ladoga had ever seen.