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John W. Lewis Civil War letter

John W. Lewis Civil War letter

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Finding aid for the John W. Lewis Civil War letter

BC.MSS.13.52

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 19, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: John W. Lewis Civil War letter
Dates: 1864
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written at Camden, Ark., by Captain John W. Lewis to Mrs. Cara Peyton.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.52
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written July 14, 1864, at Camden, Ark., by Captain John W. Lewis to Mrs. Cara [Caroline Crease] Peyton, who was with her husband, Dr. Craven Peyton, the chief surgeon of General Marmaduke's division, at Washington, Ark., at the time.


Biographical Information

John W. Lewis was born October 8, 1837, in Virginia. Following graduation from Virginia Military Institute in 1859, he was hired as drill master and professor of mathematics at St. Johns' College, Little Rock, Ark. When the school closed after the outbreak of war, Lewis returned to Virginia to enlist in the army.

On August 19, 1861, Lewis was commissioned as an officer in the 52nd Virginia Infantry. Promoted to 1st lieutenant on December 2, 1861, he was wounded at the Battle of Port Republic, Virginia, June 9, 1862. In October 1862, he was promoted to captain and ordered to report to Major General T. H. Holmes, commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department at Little Rock.

From the fall of 1862 until the end of the war, Lewis served as assistant adjutant general with various commanders in Arkansas, including Major General T. C. Hindman, Brigadier General D. M. Frost, Major General Sterling Price, and Major General J. B. Magruder. He was at the headquarters of the District of Arkansas in Camden when this letter was written. By the end of the war, he had been promoted to major.

Lewis remained in Arkansas following the end of the war, and on January 18, 1866, he married Laura Crease, one of seven daughters of John H. and Jane Crease of the Collegeville area near Little Rock and sister of Mrs. Cara Peyton. The couple had two daughters and was living in Miller County, where John kept a grocery store, at the time of his death in February 1882. He and Laura, who died in 1889, are buried at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Belton, James F.
Camden (Ark.)
Crease, Ann Sophia, 1834-1911
Gallagher, George A., 1823-1878
Hill, Nicholas S., 1839-1912
Lewis, John W., 1837-1882
Lewis, Laura Crease, 1841-1889
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History
Peay, Gordon N., 1819-1876
Peay, Susan Crease, 1836-1876
Peyton, Cara Crease, ca. 1834-1904
Washington (Ark.)
Watkins, George C., 1815-1872

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Lewis Civil War letter, MSS.12.52, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, October 21, 2013


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