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Confederate (CSV)


Lewis Stanley Chitwood

(1842 - 1918)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

An 18 year old farm boy from Mt. Andrew in Barbour County, he enlisted as Private, Company K, 5th Alabama Infantry on 15 May 1861 in Clayton, AL. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 17 June and was elected Jr. 2nd Lieutenant of Company A on 14 October 1861. He was captured near Richmond, VA on 28 June 1862 and held at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor until sent to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange on 31 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was listed as missing in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, but had actually been captured there.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware sent to Aiken's Landing, VA and exchanged on 6 October 1862. He was promoted to Captain to date from 26 September. He was captured again, at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 19 May 1864, and was a prisoner at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC and at Fort Delaware, then was among the "Immortal 600" Confederate officer prisoners sent to Hilton Head and Charleston, SC in August 1864. He was at Fort Pulaski, GA by 20 October but sent back to Fort Delaware on 12 March 1865. He was finally released on 17 June 1865 after taking an oath of allegiance.

References & notes

His service from the State of Alabama1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. His status on South Mountain from a casualty list for Rodes' Brigade in the Montgomery Weekly Advertiser of 8 October 1862. He's among the officers listed in John Ogden Murray's The Immortal Six Hundred (1905). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Eugeneia Pauline Faustine Kennedy (1846-1886) in December 1866 and they had 7 children.


05/07/1842; Troup County, GA


03/22/1918; Atlanta, GA; burial in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA


1   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: /civilwar/soldier.cfm?id=34019, etc.  [AotW citation 25603]