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 Lewis Francis Brest

Lewis Francis Brest

Birth
Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Dec 1915 (aged 73)
Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 5859819 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Enlisted during the Civil War as a Private in Company D, 57th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on December 13, 1861. Throughout 1862 and early 1863 he fought with his company and regiment in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac, including the Peninsular Campaign, Seven Days Battle, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Just prior to the Gettysburg Campaign he contracted a severe case of typhoid fever, which kept him out of the battle and his regiment's futile stand on Emmitsburg Road on July 2, 1863. Returning to his unit in late 1863 after his recovery, he served with them in Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign, and sustained a bullet wound in his neck during the Battle of the Wilderness. He recovered quickly from that injury and was present during the Siege of Petersburg, which dragged on from June 1864 to April 1865. During the final Union push against the Army of Northern Virginia, he captured a Confederate Battle Flag (as his citation simply states) in brutal hand-to-hand combat at the Battle of Sailors Creek, Virginia on April 6, 1865. His bravery garnered him a CMOH, and he was granted a 30 day furlough on April 18, 1865 for his deed. His Medal was awarded to him on May 10, 1865. He was one of three 57th Pennsylvania soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the war (the others being Private Francis A. Bishop and Captain John Wallace Scott).

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 5859819
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Francis Brest (15 May 1842–2 Dec 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5859819, citing Mercer Citizens Cemetery, Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .