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Federal (USV)


William H. Lewis

(1838 - 1916)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 34th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 28, he enlisted on 1 May 1861 in Herkimer and mustered as Private, Company F of the 34th New York Infantry on 15 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, "shot five times, twice in the legs and once in the face. He was left on the field for dead and for two days and nights laid out in the open ..."

The rest of the War

He "was removed to a shed, where he remained a prisoner for seven days, when he was exchanged and transferred to Washington, being honorably discharged for surgical disability March 22 [or 27], 1863" at Albany, NY.

After the War

"In 1868, when he made application for a pension, Mr. Lewis was promptly informed by the pension department at Washington that he was killed at the battle of Antietam ..." He did get through that, however, and got his pension.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, with the rest of the story from a post by Jim Buchanan - source of the quotes above. His service from the State of New York.2 He has a headstone in the Antietam National Cemetery, but he's not buried there. His actual gravesite is on Findagrave.

He may be easily confused with William Lewis of Company K who was killed at Antietam.


05/18/1838; Holland Patent, NY


01/16/1916; Bath, NY; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, NY


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3794]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 22, pg. 224  [AotW citation 27225]