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Compatriot Medal of Honor Recipients

Lewis Addison Grant

Lewis Addison Grant

Lewis Addison Grant was born on January 17, 1828, in Winhall, Vermont. He attended the district school in Townshend, Vermont, and the academy at Chester, Vermont. He became a teacher and taught in schools in Chester, Vermont; New Jersey; and near Boston, where he read the law. In 1855, Grant was admitted to the bar and established his law practice in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Grant entered the U.S. Army on September 16, 1861, at St. Albans, Vermont, as major of the 5th Vermont Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel later that month and to colonel one year later. During the Civil War, he held many command positions and participated in many of the battles. On May 3, 1864, during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Grant earned the Medal of Honor for “personal gallantry and intrepidity displayed in the management of his brigade and in leading it in the assault in which he was wounded,” at Salem Church, Virginia. He received the Medal on May 11, 1893. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he commanded the famed Vermont Brigade.

Lewis Grant was appointed brigadier general of volunteers in the spring of 1864. In the fall of that same year, he was commissioned brevet major general of volunteers “for gallant and meritorious services in the campaign before Richmond, Virginia, and in the Shenandoah Valley” and was honorably discharged from the service August 24, 1865.

After the war, Grant lived in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. During a three year period from 1890 to 1893, he served as the assistant secretary of war (the second ranking position in the Department of War, now known as the Department of Defense).

Lewis Grant became a member of the SAR while serving as assistant secretary of war. His National number is 6939. He became a member of the District of Columbia SAR, D.C. Society number 439, and later transferred to the Minnesota SAR. His SAR patriot ancestor was David Wyman of Lunenburg, Massachusetts, a private in “Colonel John Brook’s Regiment, Massachusetts, January, 1778; Private in Worchester County, Massachusetts Regiment, 1780.”

At the age of ninety, on March 20, 1918, Lewis Addison Grant died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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