Lewis C. Williams

BirthDec. 27, 1845
DeathJan. 24, 1932
CemeteryFairfield (Fairfield)
PostOliver (Fairfield)
Unit128th Indiana Infantry, Company H

Private Lewis C. Williams

Company H, 128th Indiana Infantry

Williams was born in Madina County, Ohio on December 27, 1845. He was residing in Valparaiso, Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered on March 18, 1864. Williams served over 2 years with the regiment and was mustered out on April 10, 1866. Some Civil War sources spell his first name “Louis”.

The 128th Indiana Infantry was organized at Michigan City, Indiana between December 15, 1863 and March 7, 1864. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and operations. A partial list includes:

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 1–September 8, 1864).

Operations against General John Bell Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29– November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (March 1-April 26, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Williams died in Doniphan, Nebraska on January 24, 1932 at the age of 86 years. He was residing with his daughter after an illness of one month. He is buried in the Fairfield Cemetery in Fairfield (Clay County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Oliver Post (#43) of the Grand Army of the Republic at Fairfield.

His obituary provides additional insight in his life.

He was the last remaining Civil War Veteran in the vicinity.

Williams married Jennie Nast in Greenwood County, Kansas on July 2, 1872.

The couple parented 7 children.

He was a member of the Christian Church in Fairfield.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.