Lieut Lewis Patterson

Lieut Lewis Patterson

Birth
Death 1883 (aged 47–48)
Burial Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 10126726 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He was mustered in as a Private in Company I, 51st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on September 28, 1861. He served through the end of the war, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on May 21, 1865. He was honorably mustered out on July 27, 1865.

It was as a Corporal at the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam that Lewis Patterson entered Civil War lore. Previous to the battle the 51st Pennsylvania's brigade commander, Colonel Edward Ferrero, had stopped all rations of whiskey to his men in an effort to curb drunkeness. As the battle north of the Rohrbach Bridge that spanned the Antietam Creek raged, Ferrero's men were ordered to take the bridge and clear out the Confederates holding the Union forces at bay on the other side.

When Colonel Ferrero passed the orders of the assault to his men, the soldiers hesitated. Lewis Patterson then piped up and yelled to his brigade commander "Will you give us our whiskey, Colonel, if we take it?"

Colonel Ferrero then respinded "Yes, by God, you shall have as much as you want if you take the bridge. I don't mean the whole brigade, but you two regiments shall have just as much as you want, if it is in the commissary or if I have to send to New York to get it and pay for it out of my own purse; that is if I live to see you through it."

The men of the brigade then assaulted and took the bridge, suffering heavy casualties in the process. The bridge Lewis Patterson and his comrades captured was forever known as "Burnside's Bridge", after their Corps commander, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 10126726
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Lewis Patterson (1835–1883), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10126726, citing Norris City Cemetery, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by RPD2 (contributor 309) .