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Additionally looked into pension cards for G W Lewis and saw that from what you wrote he may have been with Co E 61st. However the pension I see says Co. G 61st and if you look at the bottom of this record it states when he died 1929 in NY so I do not think that he is your guy even though the dates of enlistment on pension record match what you wrote. please take a look below. Also do you know if he ever married? and if so who his spouse was?
Here is some information. Also follow link paste into your web browser. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/203006857/george-washington-lewis
1861 ENLISTMENT RECRUITING
Found muster rolls for his ship, please follow link below.
DEC 1864 USS MELVERNA
Marine Barracks Washington DC, DEC, 6TH 1864
MARCH 30 1867 WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
ANNAPOLIS, MA 1869
1890 Veterans Census Malvern Borough
Looks like his death certificate below.
I do not see Thomas his brother on this list.
Geo W Lewis
Tredyffrin Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Event Place (Original):
Tredyffrin, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Birth Year (Estimated):
Hope this helps,
Wow Elliot! You did a LOT of research on my behalf. Thank you! Some of these suggestions are on target, some are not. I know that there was also a George W. Lewis, a 'colored' man, who served aboard the USS SARANAC. However, your hits seem to suggest my guy was aboard a USS MALVERN. I'll have to do some more digging.
George Washington Lewis' spouse's name was Hannah Ann Pugh. She was from Chester County as well, possibly Tredyffrin Township, and George and Hannah married in 1871..
I did find the 1890 Soldier's Special Schedule and his death certificate in 1907. And this confirms that MY guy was discharged from the USMC at Mare Island, CALIFORNIA 2/12/1866.
So the mystery continues.
I wonder if MY George W. (Washington) Lewis is reflected on any USS MALVERN records (if such a ship/steamer existed). I find this too "coincidental" that my guy from Malvern, PA area served aboard the USS MALVERN. Highly suspect.
I have letters from my man Lewis to his brother Tom dated 11 January 1862 still from the Marine Barracks in Washington DC.
My George survived the Battle at Ball's Bluff in October 1861, and "apparently" enlisted in the USMC in Philadelphia in late 1861.
So much more digging to do!
Thank you so much for your efforts!!
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did you look at the link I sent you r from find a grave. The dates match up
War map of Battle of Balls Bluff:
Here is a picture of your guy George W. Lewis also in Marine Corps uniform
Hannah Anne Pugh
Hope this helps,
Dear Ms. Sproat,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Indexes to the Carded Records of Soldiers Who Served in Volunteer Organizations During the Civil War, 1899 - 1927 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes the file Lewis, George W - Unit: 61st Infantry, Company: G,E - Enlistment Rank: 1 Sgt, Discharge Rank: Pvt. This information matches that found on the pension index located by Mr. Schneider, including the fact that he served in both Company E and Company G. We also note that the pension index located by Mr. Schneider states that he also served in P Company, 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry. We also located a card for Lewis, George W - Unit: 23rd Infantry, Company: P - Enlistment Rank: Serg, Discharge Rank: Serg which cross references the 61st.
The index card indicates that there should be one or more compiled military service records (CMSR) for George W. Lewis of the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry and the 23 Pennsylvania Infantry in the Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94). Many of the service records in this series have been made available via microfilm and through digitization of the microfilm. Unfortunately, the records for Pennslyvania Volunteers have not been microfilmed and the majority have not been digitized.
To order copies of the CMSRs records, please fill out a NATF Form 86 and mail the completed forms to the address listed on the form. Please attach to your order copies of the two index cards we located for you. To order a copy of the pension record that corresponds to the pension index card that Mr. Schneider located, please complete a NATF Form 85 for mail the completed forms to the address listed on the form. Please attach a copy of the pension index card to your order.
Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Also, the option to place your order online using eservices.archives.gov has been temporarily suspended. You may mail your orders now, but orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received.
In regards to the Marine records, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Service Records of Enlisted Men, 1798 - ca. 1900 in the Records of the U.S. Marine Corps (Record Group 127) that may include records of his service in the Marine Corps. These may not be ordered using a NATF Form 86. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.
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Finally, we note that the Army discharge date on the pension index for George W. Lewis of the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry and the 23 Pennsylvania Infantry is December 18, 1864, which would be incompatible with the dates you provided for the George W. Lewis who served in the US Marine Corps, creating doubts as to whether this is the same person. We caution you to keep in mind that this was a common name. The National Park Service's Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System lists 17 soldiers named George W. Lewis serving in Pennsylvania volunteer units alone.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!