Lewis, William H.
Age: 19, credited to East Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 26th NY CAV/VT FCAV
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 1/3/65, m/i 1/10/65, Pvt, Co. M, Frontier Cavalry (26th NY CAV), m/o 6/27/65
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Birth: abt 1843, Berlin, VT
Burial: Worcester Rural Cemetery, Worcester, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 7751440
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/19/1891, MA; widow Addie P., 12/1/1908; minor, 5/24/1928
Portrait?: 13th History
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: 13th Vt. History off-site
Webmaster's Note: After the Saint Albans Raid on October 19, 1864, Vermont raised two companies of cavalry to help guard the Canadian border; there were known as Frontier Cavalry, Companies F and M, but technically they were part of the 26th New York Cavalry.
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Worcester Rural Cemetery, Worcester, MA
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WILLIAM HENEY LEWIS I was born and bred in East Montpelier and from that town volunteered on the 29th day of August, 1862, and joined Company C, 13th Vermont Volunteers. I did not have a very good chance for an education and like many other boys did not improve the opportunity as I should. I was at the district school which was good. The date of my birth was August 20, 1843 and hence just 19 when I enlisted My father was a farmer and as a boy followed that occupation. I was pretty fresh at the time of enlistment and knew nothing about the duties of a soldier but was quite willing and anxious to go and do my part. I was healthy and strong and from all I could learn thought it a duty to volunteer and help put down the wicked war. My father and mother were willing and I left for Brattleboro with my company to be mustered in with a light heart, throbbing for a fight with those Southern chaps who were trying to destroy the Union and establish slavery. Though soldier life was hard at times and we suffered much in the late fall and early winter of 1862, from storm and cold, wet weather and plenty of snow, 1 never saw a day that I regretted my enlistment.' Company C was made up of a fine lot of boys and our officers were number one and notwithstanding the strenuous life of a soldier we had many happy occasions. Camp life was all right as a rule. Picket duty, building forts, midnight marches in mud and rain was hard, but seldom any of Company C complained. Captain Coburn was always on hand and was ever kind, and anxious for the welfare and happiness of his boys. We thought him the best captain in the line, and surely was a brave soldier and knew and per- formed his duties on all occasions as well as any. Captain Coburn, Lieutenants Robinson and Martin were as fine looking and appearing as could be found in our regiment. We were the company that carried the colors on all occasions and we believed we could guard and protect them better than any other company in our regiment. I was detailed at Camp Fairfax Court House and sent out as special guard at the farm house of a Mr. Fox, said to be a Union man. I remained there six weeks and then joined my company in camp at Wolf Run Shoals. This duty of special guard was not to my liking for it was watching our boys to prevent any one taking any property that belonged to Mr. Fox. I suppose my experience in the Gettysburg campaign and our journey home to Vermont was similar to that of the other boys and I presume you have plenty of incidents of the battle by those who can tell of the final struggle far better than myself. I re-enlisted into Company M, First Regiment, Frontier Cavalry, January, 1864, and was discharged June 27, 1865. Nothing to mention in this last service only had a good time. The name of my wife is Addie P. Lewis, and we have one son, Ernest H. Lewis.
WILLIAM HENRY LEWIS,
12 Adams St., Worcester, Mass. His.
See page 172 for his pictures.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 502