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Meacham, Lewis

Age: 0, credited to Unknown
Unit(s): 186th NY INF, 79th NY INF
Service: Pvt, 186th NY INF; trans to Co. A, 79th NY INF 5/30/65, m/o 7/14/65, Alexandria, VA as CPL (enl as Lewis M. Shattuck)

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Birth: 03/08/1846, New Haven, VT
Death: 10/02/1878

Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 36203432
Alias?: Shattuck, Lewis M.
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in Chicago, IL

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Amherst College
Class of 1869

Lewis Meacham; (Middlebury Vt.); s., Rev. James and Mary F. Meacham; b. New Haven, Vt., Mar. 4, 1846; prep., Phillips Acad., And.; A.C. '67 Priv. Vt. Reg. and 1st Lieut., N.Y. Highlanders, '62-'65; Tutor, Christian C., Ind., '68; Local Reporter and Proof-Reader, Times and Tribune, Chicago, Ill. '69-71; Private Sec., Mayor Medill, '71-'72; Ed. Rutland Herald, '74; Reporter and Asso. Ed., Tribune, Chicago, '75-'78. d. Chicago, Oct. 2, 1878.

W. L. Montague, Biographical Record of the Alumni of Amherst College … 1821-1871, (Amherst, Mass. 1883), p. 140

Lewis Meacham, son of the Rev. James and Mrs. Mary F. Meacham, was born at New Haven, Vt., March 8, 1846. His preparations for college was begun at Farmington, Conn., where he remained one year, and completed at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He was a member of our class during a part of Junior year. After leaving Amherst, he was tutor for a few months in Christian College, Indiana. But his inclination leading him strongly to journalism, he went to Chicago, where he obtained a position upon the Tribune, which he filled until after the great fire. He was then appointed by Mayor Medill as private secretary. In 1874, he returned to Vermont, and became local editor of the Rutland Herald, but the following year went again to Chicago, to accept a position upon the editorial staff of the Tribune. This position he occupied until his death, October 2, 1878. While his death was sudden, it was not unexpected, as he had long suffered from a wound received in the army, and from ill health contracted during the war. While busy at work one morning he was taken sick, and suffered intensely until the next morning, when he died.

Amherst College, 1869. The history of the class of 1869, Amherst College … 1889, (Press of Styles & Cash, New York, 1889), pp. 127-128.

Lewis Henry Meacham, son of James and Mary Frances (Gifford) Meacham. Born about 1846. Entered from New Haven, Vt. In college, 1863-1864 and 1865-1867. Lieutenant of a New York Regiment, 1864. Journalist, Editor, "Chicago Tribune" and private secretary to Mayor Medill. D.K.E. - A. M., 1874. Died in Chicago, Ill, Oct 2, 1878.

Edgar J. Wiley, Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont and of others who have received degrees, 1800-1915, (Middlebury College, Middlebury, 1917), p. 237.

Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, 1900

Sigma Chapter, Amherst College
Class of 1869
* Lewis Meacham, Journalist, Chicago, Ill.

Alpha Alpha Chapter, Middlebury College
Class of 1869
* Lewis Henry Meacham, Lawyer, Rutland, Vt.