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Private Lewis Simpson was small, only five feet five inches tall, with a light complexion, gray eyes, and-in spite of his young age-white hair. He was almost albino in appearance. Now he was a member of the Union Army--a private in Company K of the Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers. The Eighty-ninth formally joined together at the barracks in Elmira, New York late in November. They became known as the Dickinson Guard and left for Washington, D.C., on December 6, 1861. [His sister] Mary Jane worried about him--a lot.

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Private Lewis Simpson Probably on his Death Bed-Courtesy of Frazier Farmstead Museum
Private Lewis Simpson Probably on his Death Bed-Courtesy of Frazier Farmstead Museum
This is a picture of Lewis Simpson, probably shortly before his death. Lewis was injured by a musket ball hitting his left knee during the battle of South Mountain on 9/14/1862. His leg was amputated on 9/17/1862. He died from complications 5/1/1863.
Copy of Private Lewis Simpson Letter 8/18/1862 - Side 1
Copy of Private Lewis Simpson Letter 8/18/1862 - Side 1
Letter is in fragments and on various pieces of paper. Transcribed copy being provided. Original at the Frazier Farmstead Museum. http://museum.bmi.net/
Private Lewis Letter 8/18/1862 - Page 2
Private Lewis Letter 8/18/1862 - Page 2
Transcribed copy of letter from Private Lewis Simpson 8/18/1862
Transcribed copy of letter from Private Lewis Simpson 8/18/1862
Simpson brothers tintype
Simpson brothers tintype
This comes from the original tintype at the Frazier Farmstead Museum in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. http://museum.bmi.net/
Simpsons Brothers.jpg
Simpsons Brothers.jpg
Private Lewis Simpson, Company K of the 89th NY Volunteers.
Private Lewis Simpson, Company K of the 89th NY Volunteers.
"Private Lewis Simpson was small, only five feet five inches tall, with a light complexion, gray eyes, and-in spite of his young age-white hair. He was almost albino in appearance." From Whither Thou Goest by Patrick D. Simpson

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Lewis L. Simpson - Member of the 89th New York Volunteers, Company K

Wells Bridge, New York

Lewis L. Simpson - Member of the 89th New York Volunteers, Company K

Lewis L. Simpson joined the Union Army as a Private in Company K, 89th Regiment of New York Volunteers on September 17, 1861 at the Village of Unadilla, in Otsego County, N.Y. Co. K was commanded by Frank Burt.

On September 14, 1862 Lewis received a wound in the left knee by a mini ball at the battle of South Mountain in Maryland (Fox's Gap). Because of this wound, Lewis's left leg was amputated just above the knee at the United States Hospital in Maryland, on or about September 17, 1862. On February 5, 1863, Lewis L. Simpson received a Certificate of Disability for Discharge. Five days later, in Washington, D.C., he applied for a Pension.

Lewis returned home and died in May 1, 1863. There may have been contributory negligence on his part causing the necessity for a second amputation, and consequently the fatal result. There may have been surgical malpractice in the case. Lewis had never married nor were there any children. He was buried in the Methodist church cemetery in Sand Hill, New York, a tiny settlement near Wells Bridge, New York. Both military and pension records exist for Lewis as his mother later applied for his pension.

Note from the submitter, Patrick Simpson My Simpson line eventually ended up in Sidney, Delaware Co., NY. I have been researching and writing a book on family history for over four years which includes many details on Lewis's military career. Submitted by:

Pat Simpson
5109-B2 New Hope Road,
Raleigh, NC 27604.

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