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Solomon Ervin Lewis (abt 1830 - May 16, 1864) served as a corporal in Company A, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Solomon Ervin Lewis was born about 1830 in Ashe County, North Carolina to James and Ann (Osborne) Lewis. He was a brother of David Lewis, Gideon Lewis, Isaac Lewis, and John Lewis, all of whom also served in Company A.

Lewis married Ann Pierce, with whom he had at least five children.

Civil War service

Lewis enlisted as a private in Company A on September 22, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee and was appointed 3rd corporal on November 1, 1863.

At enlistment, Lewis was 32 years old, described as 5'10", dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer and mechanic.[1]

Lewis died May 16, 1864 due to diarrhea at a hospital in Gallatin, Tennessee and was buried there. His remains were moved in 1867 to Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Tennessee. Company records indicate that he had been paid $25 bounty and was owed $75 when the regiment mustered out.

His wife applied for a widow's pension on December 1, 1865. His youngest child, Solomon Ervin Lewis Jr, applied for a minor's pension on May 18, 1931.


  1. The 1860 U.S. Census for Carter County gives his occupation as blacksmith.

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