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Federal (USV)


John Grenville Lewis

(1817 - 1862)

Home State: New Hampshire

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New Hampshire Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 42 year old farmer in Lancaster, NH. He was appointed First Lieutenant of Company H, 9th New Hampshire Infantry on 10 August 1862 and mustered with them on 14 August.

On the Campaign

He led his Company in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 at the request of Captain Edgerly, who fell out there.

The rest of the War

He was killed at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862:

He was marching with his company to the place assigned his regiment just out of the city, when a shell from the enemy exploded near him, and a piece struck below the ear, severing the arteries. He fell instantly, and never again breathed or moved.

References & notes

His service from Ayling.1 His role at Fox's Gap from a 29 September 1862 letter from Colonel Fellows to New Hampshire Governor Nathaniel S. Berry, now in the Gilder Lehrman Collection; transcription by Mike Pride on Our War. The quote above from C.A. Bemis' History of the town of Marlborough, Cheshire County, New Hampshire (1881). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah S. Leeman/Leman (1822-1892) in August 1843 and they had 2 children.


12/24/1817; Roxbury, NH


12/13/1862; Fredericksburg, VA; burial in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA


1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, pg. 488  [AotW citation 29460]