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Confederate (CSV)


William S. Lewis

(c. 1827 - ?)

Home State: Louisiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was on a List of the Minden Blues - a Company organized in April 1861 - who came down from Adkins' Landing, Red River, New Orleans, LA on the Steamer Eleanor, arriving 14 June 1861. He enlisted on the 23rd at Camp Moore, LA in Company G, 8th Louisiana Infantry. He had been a resident of St. Martin, LA, age 34 when enlisted, single. He was absent, sick, at Culpepper, VA since 14 November 1861, but back with his Company by the end of December. He reenlisted "for the War" at Camp Gladden on 24 April 1862, and was due a bounty. He was "supposed to be taken prisoner" 20 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg. His Lieutenant later wrote of the Company:

... we marched into Maryland, crossing the Potomac at Leesburg. Re-crossing at Williamsport we took Harper's Ferry on the 15th of September; and then crossing for the third time, we fought the destructive battle of Sharpsburg on the 17th. We carried only 18 men into this fight, many having been left behind on the forced march to reach this point in time, and when the wounded were borne from the field, only three of the company were left standing.

The rest of the War

He was absent recovering, in Richmond, VA by February 1863. By October 1863 he had been furloughed to Claiborne, LA and was last noted on the Roll in December 1863. He was later "promoted to Captaincy of Cavalry Co. in La."

References & notes

Basic information from Booth1, who says he was also borne on Rolls as Lewis, W. G. The quote above from G.L.P. Wren in History of The Minden Blues in D.W. Harris' The history of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana (1886).


c. 1827 in GA


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 1, pg. 755  [AotW citation 14935]