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Lewis P Hammond
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1811
Death: Mar. 21, 1865

Grandson of the Revolutionary War Soldier, Paul Hammond, Lewis P. Hammond was born at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York, the son of Abner Hammond and Purity _(?) (Her name is sometimes referred to as "Fela Van Antwerp", however, it appears as Purity Hammond in guardianship papers. It is likely Lewis' mother was related to the Groesbeck & Van Antwerp families.) His father, Abner, a soldier in the War of 1812, died in 1813, leaving Lewis and his four sisters fatherless. Shortly after Abner's death, the children were made wards of John Groesbeck. Later, in his youth, Lewis was apprenticed to Peter van Antwerp, a blacksmith in Rensselaer County. It is from Peter van Antwerp, that Lewis learned his trade. On 28 February 1829, Lewis Hammond married Eliza Dorcas Willey at Lansingburg, NY. By 1840, Lewis, his wife and children were living at Butler, Wayne County, NY. In 1860, the family was living in Dodge County, Wisconsin. Children: Abner, James, Lewis, John VanAntwerp Hammond, Bennona (aka Benjamin in some census records), Elizabeth, William, Levi and Caroline. In 1864, Lewis and his son, Abner, enlisted in Co. K 37th Wisconsin infantry. (Son Abner deserted not long after receiving his first pay.) Caught in the "horrid pit" during the Battle of the Mine Explosion, July 30, 1864, at Petersburg, VA, Lewis was one of those captured and was sent as a POW to the Confederate Libby prison located in Richmond, VA. He was later transferred to Danville prison, and again back to Libby Prison. Too old to fight and quite sick, Lewis was paroled and made his way to Washington Hospital, located in Cincinnati, OH. It is not known why he went to Cincinnati...was he on his way home? He died at Washington Hospital in Cincinnati, only days before the end of the Civil War. At Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Lewis is interred in a military "circle" grave, his small lichen covered marble headstone, worn down by weather. Just a stone's throw away, facing Lewis' grave is the ostentatious Groesbeck mausoleum. Lewis' wife & children knew that Lewis was taken as a POW, but did not know what happened to him. The family was left destitute following his death. It was not until 1993 that the circumstances of Lewis' capture at the Battle of the Mine Explosion and death in Cincinnati were discovered. 
Family links: 
  Abner Hammond (1782 - 1813)
  Abner Hammond (1830 - 1917)*
  Lewis Hammond (1837 - 1917)*
  John Hammond (1841 - ____)*
  Bennona Hammond (1844 - 1910)*
  Lewis P Hammond (1811 - 1865)
  Abbey Ann Hammond Moody (1813 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Grove Cemetery
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Lot #C, Grave #20
Created by: Catherine Fields
Record added: Mar 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18373245
Lewis P Hammond
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Lewis P Hammond
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Lewis P Hammond
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Remembering you today. Rest in peace.
- Catherine Fields
 Added: May. 30, 2016
Thank you for your service.
- HCGS Ohio
 Added: Jan. 18, 2016
GGG-great grandfather, Lewis P. Hammond. Remembering you today, this Memorial Day, 150 years since you served.
 Added: May. 25, 2015
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