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Federal (USV)


Enoch E Lewis

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Company Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 71st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered into service with the 71st Pennsylvania Infantry in June 1861 as Captain, Company K.

On the Campaign

He probably succeded Captain Smith as commander of the Regiment on September 17th.

The rest of the War

He was discharged 16 January 1863. He was appointed Major in February, but not mustered in at that rank. In May 1864 he mustered into the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry as Lieutenant Colonel. He was discharged 11 January 1865, for wounds received at Petersburg on 16 June 1864.

References & notes

Service data from Bates.1

"... There is also some correspondence concerning the court martial of Enoch Lewis, involving Enoch's apparent alcoholic tendencies and a 'strumpet witness.' This matter was resolved by June of 1864, however, and Enoch was once again with the army, assuring Wayne: 'My officers and men like me much. I have obtained the cognomen of "Bold Bugger." I got that in the first fight.' " His father was likely Joseph J. Lewis, lawyer, newspaperman, and later President Lincoln's Commissioner of Internal Revenue (1863-65).2

More on the Web

See more about Lewis in a post on behindAotW.


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Muster rolls: Co, K, 71st Pa Inf; F&S 110th Pa Inf.  [AotW citation 324]

2   From an online overview of wartime correspondence between (prob) brothers-in-law Wayne and Franklin MacVeigh about Lewis.
MacVeagh, Wayne, and other MacVeagh family members, MacVeagh Family Papers (Collection 1616), Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1951  [AotW citation 325]