|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1840|
|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1919|
Edgar Lewis was the son of Samuel Lewis and Sara Jane Brown Lewis. He was born in Union, Rock County, Wisconsin in 1840.
Edgar Lewis was a Civil War Veteran, on the Union side.
Edgar Lewis entered the Union Army's 20th Infantry Regiment, Company B, from his residence in Burke, Wisconsin on 5 August 1862. During the course of his time in the army he was wounded at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, (where 2700 men died that day) but he survived, and was able to remain with the army, achieving the rank of Full Sergeant. He mustered out on 14 July 1865, at Galveston, Texas.
Edgar married Caroline J. Niles in Dane County, Wisconsin on March 22, 1868. They became parents of 3 daughters and 2 sons.
Edgar's wife "Carrie" preceded him in death in 1905. His last living child passed away in 1906.
Edgar died at the Old Soldier's Home in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota in 1919.
(By: Rachelle Klemme, Wadena Pioneer Journal) Below:
A Hewitt civil war soldier's previously unmarked grave finally received a government issue Civil War memorial, more than 90 years after his death.
Civil war re-enactors and veterans held a commemoration service May 12, 2012 for Edgar Lewis, a Union soldier who served with the Company B – 20th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Dozens of area residents and history buffs flocked to the Hewitt cemetery as the Motley-based Tri-County American Legion Post 124 performed military rites, and the 3rd Minnesota Light Artillery re-enactors paid homage to the 19th century veteran.
Lewis passed away in Minneapolis in 1919, and was buried by his wife and daughter at the Hewitt cemetery.
The unmarked grave remained in obscurity until Lewis's 78-year-old great-granddaughter, Marian Shelby of Salt Lake City, learned about him while researching her ancestral roots.
Jerry Mortenson, working for Fergus Falls Monument, said Shelby contacted him with the idea of giving Lewis a proper veteran marker. She completed the appropriate paperwork, and the monument came through the Veterans Administration.
Mortenson and Shelby decided to make it an event. The monument was then shipped to Fergus Falls monument to be placed in Hewitt.
"I did what I thought had to be done," Mortenson said.
Veterans in the Tri-County American Legion carried out the rites for their Civil War predecessor.
Mortenson also had connections to the members of the 3rd Minnesota Light Artillery members, who arrived in accurate period dress with cannon in tow.
Sherry Marquardt of Vergas, one of the re-enactment organizers, sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic". She said six men, three women and two boys – or "powder monkeys" – were able to make it among the re-enactment group.
She also said the uniforms, antique guns and cannons were accurate to the time period.
Jeske, who is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett Township, also gave the opening and closing prayers.
Caroline J. Niles Lewis (1844 - 1905)*
Jessie Ella Lewis Lowthian (1878 - 1906)*
Created by: DCWC
Record added: Apr 21, 2011
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