Do you have additional information on your family member Name, DOB, place of birth?
Good morning, Elliot.
Thank you for your response.
What I know is that my great-great grandfather Rev James Erwin Washington Lewis was born on 30 September 1847, in Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. He married Salina C. McClure in 1878. He died on 3 August 1904, in Johnson City, Washington, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington, Tennessee, United States. Rev. Erwin Lewis served as a Pvt. in Co. B Thomas' NC Legion - CSA. He lost 2 fingers at Knoxville, TN 12/1863, due to battle wounds and was wounded again at Piedmont, VA 6/5/1864. He was wounded and captured at Winchester, VA 7/1864. He was a POW in Camp Douglas prison until 12/1864. He was a member of the Upper East Tennessee Confederate Veterans Association.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I greatly appreciate the assistance!
All you need to do is search Fold3 for his pension filel if you do not have af subscription, wait till one of their free holiday periods. And then download his file! Very easy!
Confederate pension files are not on Fold3. They would be held by the southern state in which the Confederate veteran lived after the war (not the one for which he served). Tennessee holds no pension file for this particular soldier, however. If he lived somewhere else after the war, it might be found in that state.
Most Union Army pension files are not on Fold3 either, by the way. Only a small percentage of Army _widow's_ pension are there (plus most Navy pensions). The most you'd find on Fold3 in most cases is the index card for the pension - and a version of that card is available free on FamilySearch.org. Most Union Army pension files have not been digitized and can only be obtained directly from NARA.
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Dear Ms. LaGioia,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) that include a file for Confederate Soldiers from the State of North Carolina - Lewis, James E - Thomas' Legion. These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
We also located 20 record series in Record Group 109 related to Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The veteran may have been eligible to apply for a pension to the State in which he lived, even if he served in a unit from a different State. Generally, an applicant was eligible for a pension only if he was indigent or disabled. In your letter to the repository, please include the Confederate veteran's name, his widow's name, the unit(s) in which he served, and the counties in which he and his widow lived after the Civil War.
The State Archives of North Carolina may have additional records related to those that served in North Carolina units.
Finally, we searched online and located the following information about the unit from government and academic sites:
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
This was of such great assistance!!
Thank you so very much!
Andrea Payne LaGioia