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Collection Number: 02314-z

Collection Title: W. G. Lewis Papers, 1855-1911

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust. Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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Size 73 items
Abstract William Gaston Lewis (1835-1901), was a civil engineer, Confederate brigadier general, surveyor, and resident of Edgecombe County, N.C. The collection consists of the papers of W. G. Lewis, including recommendations following his graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1855; Civil War era love letters, 1861-1865, from North Carolina and Virginia, written to Mittie Pender of Tarboro, N.C., whom Lewis married in 1864; and scattered postwar items, a few pertaining to Civil War events, including a map of the battlefield of Drewry's Bluff, Va., 1864, and biographical data on W. G. Lewis and on General William Dorsey Pender.
Creator Lewis, W. G. (William Gaston), 1835-1901.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the W. G. Lewis Papers #2314-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Wade Barrier of Johnson City, Tenn., in January 1941. One item, dated 21 August 1886, transferred from William T. Dortch Papers (#2211) in March 1970.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Gaston Lewis was born in 1835 in Rocky Mount, N.C., the son of Dr. John Wesley Lewis and Catherine Ann Battle. He studied civil engineering at the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1855. In 1861 Lewis enlisted in the Confederate Army as third lieutenant of Company A, First North Carolina Regiment ("Bethel"). He saw action in the Battle of Bethel, Battle of New Bern, the Seven Days' Campaign, the Battle of Malvern Hill, Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of Cold Harbor, and in numerous other battles and skirmishes. Lewis also supervised the entrenchment of Drewry's Bluff, Va. He was wounded twice, both times after he rose to the rank of brigadier general in June 1864. Lewis was paroled at Farmville, Va., in April 1865.

In 1864, Lewis married Martha Lucinda Pender ("Mittie") of Tarboro, N.C. Following the war, Lewis lived in Edgecombe County, N.C., and worked as an engineer for various railroads, as a surveyor, and as a farmer. He died in 1901.

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The collection consists of papers, 1855-1911, of W. G. Lewis, a civil engineer, Confederate brigadier general, surveyor, and resident of Edgecombe County, N.C. Included are recommendations following his graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1855; Civil War era love letters, 1861-1865, from North Carolina and Virginia, written to Mittie Pender of Tarboro, N.C., whom Lewis married in 1864; and scattered postwar items, a few pertaining to Civil War events, including a map of the battlefield of Drewry's Bluff, Va., 1864, and biographical data on W. G. Lewis and on General William Dorsey Pender.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jane Adkins, February 1960 and Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, June 2005

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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