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Samuel Brownlow Lewis (October 21, 1847 - February 6, 1908) served as a sergeant in Company L, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Samuel Lewis, ca. 1905.

Personal life

Samuel Lewis was born October 21, 1847 in Carter County, Tennessee to Louis D. and Lorina Francis "Fanny" (Peters) Lewis. He married Sarah Matilda Nidiffer (1850-1922) with whom he had eight children.[1]

Civil War service

Lewis enlisted as a private in Company L on September 21, 1863 in Elizabethton, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in April 11, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal April 12, 1864 by order of Colonel Miller and promoted to sergeant May 13, 1865 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Stacy.

He is described as 18 years old, 5' 10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Lewis is listed as present for duty for which muster roll records have survived. He was given a furlough to return to his home on June 26, 1865; when he returned to the regiment was not recorded.

Lewis mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $51.68 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Lewis moved to California some time after June 1900 where he was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic, Union Post No. 99 in Lemoore, California. He had been a member of the I.O.O.F. in Carter County.[2]

Lewis applied for an invalid's pension on February 21, 1878. He died February 6, 1908 in Lemoore and is buried at Grangeville Cemetery in Armona, California. His wife applied for a widow's pension on February 21, 1908.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, 10th Civil District, Carter County, Tennessee. Family records indicate that nine children were born to the couple.
  2. The Lemoore I.O.O.F. conducted his funeral.

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