Civil War era verse, a published account of the Civil War experiences of Henry Green Lewis, issues of the Semi-Weekly Raleigh Register (1854) and the North Carolina Presbyterian (1879) and a print of the Hotel Carolina in Durham, N.C.
Henry Green Lewis was from Plymouth, North Carolina. His birth and marriage records have not been found, but he died on January 19, 1880 of consumption. When he and his friends enlisted in the Confederate army on May 19, 1861, they were initially put into a company that included many men from Columbia and Plymouth, North Carolina. He fought in a few battles and was severely wounded when he was shot in the chin. He was captured by Union troops a few days after his injury while at a hospital and was sent to a Union prisoner of war camp in Ohio for two years. During his time in the Confederate army, he wrote several poems about love, war, and loss. Many of the pages have been ripped out, but enough poems survive to give an idea of what Henry was like. He was discharged from the army on July 24, 1865 and he married Margaret S. sometime afterward. The only records that acknowledge their wedding are registers form weddings they attended. We know that Henry practiced medicine for a few years before his death, but there is not much else about him.
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