Pvt Lewis Dipple

Death 27 Apr 1862 (aged 21–22)
Fort Taylor, Monroe County, Florida, USA
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 150142136 · View Source
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Note: This memorial is currently under development. There is likely no photo of a gravestone possible for this soldier since, according to historian Lewis Schmidt, this soldier's body was transferred from a marked grave at the Key West Post Cemetery at Fort Taylor to an unmarked grave at the Barrancas National Cemetery in 1927 when the federal government relocated the remains of Civil War soldiers.

At the dawn of the Civil War, Lewis Dipple was a 21-year-old locksmith residing in Hazelton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.


Lewis Dipple enrolled for military service on 21 August 1861 at Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He then mustered in as a Private with Company K, 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Dauphin County on 17 September 1861.

Following a brief training period in light infantry tactics at Camp Curtin, Private Dipple and his fellow 47th Pennsylvanians were transported by rail to Washington, D.C. Stationed roughly two miles from the White House, they pitched tents at “Camp Kalorama” on the Kalorama Heights near Georgetown beginning 20 September. On the 24th of that same month, the 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry finally became part of the U.S. Army when its men were officially mustered into federal service.

On 27 September 1861, the 47th Pennsylvania was assigned to Brigadier-General Isaac Stevens’ 3rd Brigade, which also included the 33rd, 49th and 79th New York regiments. By that afternoon, Private Dipple and the 47th Pennsylvania were on the move again. Ordered onward by Brigadier-General Silas Casey, the Mississippi rifle-armed 47th Pennsylvania infantrymen marched behind their regimental band until reaching Camp Lyon, Maryland on the Potomac River’s eastern shore. At 5 p.m., they joined the 46th Pennsylvania in moving double-quick (165 steps per minute using 33-inch steps) across the “Chain Bridge” marked on federal maps.

Marching toward Falls Church, Virginia, they arrived at Camp Advance around dusk. There, about two miles from the bridge they had just crossed, they made camp in a deep ravine near a new federal fort under construction (Fort Ethan Allen). They had completed a roughly eight-mile trek, were situated fairly close to General W.F. Smith’s headquarters, and were now part of the massive Army of the Potomac. Under Smith’s leadership, their regiment and brigade would help to defend the nation’s capital from the time of their September arrival through late January when the men of the 47th Pennsylvania would be shipped south.

On October 11, the 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers marched in the Grand Review at Bailey’s Cross Roads after having been ordered with the 3rd Brigade to Camp Griffin. On Friday morning, 22 October 1861, the 47th engaged in a Divisional Review, described by Schmidt as massing “about 10,000 infantry, 1000 cavalry, and twenty pieces of artillery all in one big open field.” On 21 November, the 47th participated in a morning divisional headquarters review by Colonel Tilghman H. Good, followed by brigade and division drills all afternoon. According to historian Lewis Schmidt, “each man was supplied with ten blank cartridges.” Brigadier-General John Brannan was so pleased with the 47th Pennsylvania's performance that he directed new Springfield rifles be obtained and distributed to each of the 47th's men.


In February 1862, Private Lewis Dipple and his fellow 47th Pennsylvania Volunteers arrived in Key West, where they were assigned to garrison Fort Taylor. Drilling daily in heavy artillery tactics, they also strengthened the fortifications at this federal installation.


Also according to Lewis Schmidt in his "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers":

“Death was still stalking the 47th on Sunday, April 27 [1862], when Pvt. Lewis Dipple of Company K died from what was now more formally known as Febres Typhoides [typhoid fever]. The former locksmith died in the General Hospital at Key West, and was buried in grave #10 at the Key West Post Cemetery, when the cemetery was abandoned and the bodies moved to Fort Barrancas National Cemetery, his body was one that was mishandled, and his remains are buried in a group of 228 unknown graves."


1. Bates, Samuel P. "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5". Harrisburg: 1869.

2. Civil War Veterans' Card File. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania State Archives.

3. Schmidt, Lewis. "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers." Allentown: Self-published, 1986.


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