Thursday, April 15, 2010

Col Lewis R Jewell.

Col Lewis R Jewell.

Birth: Aug. 16, 1822, Massachusetts.
Death: Nov. 30, 1862, Arkansas.

Photo provided by T. J. Cochran.

He fought in the American Civil War, lieutenant-colonel of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry Regiment stationed at Ft. Scott, Kansas. Orders to the Colonel to burn the city of Ft. Scott. The colonel replyed, "Only when General Price comes to Ft. Scott will I obey," Price never came. At Cane Hill the Colonel's horse was shot and he was wounded and died.

Part of a report by Brigadier General James G. Blunt, U. S. Army, commanding division, with congratulatory orders.

CANE HILL, ARK., November 29, 1862.

The casualties of the army I am unable to state with accuracy at this time, as we fought over 12 miles of ground. One of the rebel officers, under the flag of truce, stated to me that they had lost 60 in killed, among them a lieutenant-colonel. My loss is comparatively small. Among the wounded are Lieutenant-Colonel [L. R.] Jewell and Lieutenant [J. A.] Johnson, of the Sixth Kansas. Both of them, I fear, mortally. The enemy are badly whipped, and will probably not venture north of the Boston Mountains again this winter. If this part of the State is held, as it is their reliance for subsistence, having eaten out all in the valley of the Arkansas, they must soon retreat into Texas. I have sent for my teams to come up, and shall occupy a position at or near Cane Hill. The rebels had about ten days' rations of bread, cooked, and in little sacks behind their saddles, from which it evident they intended making a desperate effort to force their way north.
Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Part of a report by JAS. G. BLUNT, to HDQRS. First DIVISION, ARMY OF THE FRONTIER, Cane Hill, Ark., December 3, 1862.

The casualties in my command were 4 killed and 36 wounded; 4 of them mortally, since dead. Among the latter was Lieutenant-Colonel Jewell, of the Sixth Kansas. He was a brave and gallant officer, whose noble example is worthy of emulation. Lieutenant J. A. Johnson, of the same regiment, a daring and excellent young officer, received a desperate would from a musket-ball, which passed entirely through his body; yet it is hoped he will recover. The enemy's loss is 75 killed; wounded not known, as they took a large portion of them away.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant, JAS. G. BLUNT,

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