★  MOH Grant, Lewis A.

Lewis Addison Grant

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Born:
January 17, 1828

Birthplace: Winhall, Vermont

Father: James Grant 1772 – 1856

Mother: Elizabeth Wyman 1784 – 1875

1st Wife: Sarah Augusta Hartwell 1835 – 1859
(Buried: Harvard Center Cemetery, Harvard, Massachusetts)​

2nd Wife: Mary Helen Pierce 1836 – 1927
(Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota)​

Children:

Augusta Sarah Grant Stone 1859 – 1924​
(Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota)​
Ulysses Sherman Grant 1867 – 1932​
(Buried: Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois)​
James Colfax Grant 1869 – 1930​
(Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota)​

Education:

Attended Academy in Chester, Vermont​

Occupation before War:

School Teacher in New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts​
Attorney in Bellows Falls, Vermont​

Civil War Career:

1861: Major of 5th Vermont Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 5th Vermont Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862: Suffered from Typhoid fever in New Kent Court House, Virginia​
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 5th Vermont Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862: Suffered from the effects of Chronic diarrhea​
1862: Served in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland
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1862: Wounded during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Wounded while leading an assault at the Battle of Salem Church, Virginia
1863: Commander of Vermont Brigade at Battle of Gettysburg​
1864 – 1865: Brigadier General Union Army Volunteer​
1864: Served in the Wilderness Campaign in Virginia​
1864: Wounded in the head during the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1864: Brevetted Major General Gallantry in the Shenandoah Valley​
1865: Discharged from the Union Army on August 24th
1866: Declined appointment as Lt. Colonel in the United States Army​

Occupation after War:

Attorney in Moline, Illinois​
Attorney in Des Moines, Iowa​
Land Investment Businessman in Des Moines, Iowa​
Planned and laid out the city of Waukee Iowa​
Real Estate Businessman in Minneapolis, Minnesota​
1890 – 1893: United States Assistant Secretary of War​
1893: Recipient of the Medal of Honor for his duty at Salem Church​

Died:
March 20, 1918

Place of Death:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cause of Death: Chronic nephritis, arteriosclerosis, edema of lungs

Age at time of Death: 90 years old

Burial Place: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting about Lewis Addison Grant. He was the uncle of my adopted Captain whose mother was Lewis Addison Grant's sister. I visited the city of Moline in Illinois some time ago and searched for her grave there to no avail. I didn't realize L.A. Grant had also been an attorney there after the war. He seems to have garnered quite a bit of respect during his time in the army, also being an MOH recipient. He was also a participant in the disaster that overtook the Vermont Brigade at the Weldon railroad on June 23, 1864 and "among the staff and field grade officers involved in the 'melancholy affair' of June 23, only L.A. Grant can escape censure for his performance." A Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad - The Vermont Brigade, June 23, 1864, David Faris Cross.

That was also the date his nephew was killed in the vicinity of Nottoway Courthouse as part of Wilson's raid in the attempt to cut the railroads around Petersburg.

Going by the naming of his first son, he was obviously a fan of both Ulysses S. Grant and Sherman in the aftermath of the war.
 
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