Lieutenant William B Lewis
Born in Hancock, NY, on October 2 1827, parents Holloway and ... Lewis, farmer, single,
enlisted in Co F, N Y 144 Infantry, for three years on September 27 1862.
He was promoted to Sergeant Major on April 6 1863, promoted to Second Lieutenant on
April 21 1863 and to First Lieutenant on January 1 1864. He fought at the siege of
Suffolk and at James' Island and John's Island.
He died in 1904, has a family stone at WPA location 8608.
Lewis married Amelia .... after the war and she predeceased him in 1883. They both
appear in the Hancock census of 1880, he, "agent", and two children. He is not in the
1890 Veterans' census and not in the North Castle census of 1900. He is not on the
North Castle Town Clerk's roster.
His W.P.A. file card revealed his previously unknown regiment and service record which
led to his NARA, National Archives file, M 551 /roll 83. He is also on the Adjutant
General's N Y Data Base for the roster of the 144 Infantry.
Prior to these recent discoveries Lewis was only assumed to have served three months
in the militia for three months. Overlooked for so many years, Lt Lewis, the only
commissioned Civil War soldier in St Stephen's, is finally getting the recognition he