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Lewis, Theodore F.
Age: 0, credited to Vermont
Service: enl 11/19/62, LNDS, USN, steamer Galatea, West India Squadron, 63-64; 1st ASST ENG, 2/64; m/o 10/30/65
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Birth: 10/04/1832, Unknown
Burial: Wells Town Cemetery, Wells, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 44897248
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Wells Town Cemetery, Wells, VT
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THEODORE F. LEWIS
(4 OCTOBER 1832 - 10 NOVEMBER 1870), BROTHER OF EDWIN ABOVE, WAS BORN IN WELLS.
In 1850, he was living with his parents, in Wells, employed as a clerk. By 1860, he was an engineer, living in Albany, New York.
Lewis was appointed Acting Second Assistant Engineer on 19 November 1862, from New York. He was promoted to Acting First Assistant Engineer on 19 February 1864, and ordered to USS Galatea. She departed New York on 21 February, arriving in Cap Hatien, Haiti, on 29 February. She provided convoy protection in the West Indies to California mail steamers plying between New York and Aspinwall. She remained in the area until convoy service was discontinued in June 1865, returned to New York, and was decommissioned 12 July.
According to the History of Wells, Theodore "was promoted and well rewarded for gallant services, rendered in capturing a blockade runner, the English steamer Minnie, which was endeavoring to enter Wilmington." At odds with this is the official record of the capture of Minnie, on 9 May 1864, by Commander John Almy, Connecticut, which was the only Union vessel in the area. Lewis was honorably discharged 30 October 1865.
Details of the remainder of his life have not been determined. He supposedly died in Shanghai, China, in the American Consulate; interment in Village Cemetery, Wells.
Source: Ledoux, Tom, Green Mountain Mariners Of The Civil War, self-published, 2014.