12/10/2004

Lewis R. Gee

Gee, Lewis R.
b.4/11/1844; d.1/31/1903.
CSA, 1st Missouri Cavalry Regiment, Co.G; Private.
Sandy Bear (Winter) Cemetery; Stephens County, OK.

Though Lewis was born in Carter County, Kentucky,
I know nothing of his youth or years prior to the Civil
War. And I don't know when Lewis' military service began,
but following is a brief history of his unit taken from the
National Park Service's excellent Soldiers and Sailors
of the Civil War
site. [1]
“The CSA, 1st Missouri Cavalry Regiment was formed
during the summer of 1861. Many of its members had
served with the Missouri State Guard. The unit fought
at Elkhorn Tavern, then moved east of the Mississippi
River and was dismounted. After fighting at Iuka and
Corinth, it was assigned to M.E. Green's Brigade,
Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It took an
active part in the fight at Big Black River Bridge and on
July 4, 1863, was captured at Vicksburg . After the
exchange it was assigned to General Cockrell's Brigade,
and consolidated with the 3rd (Samuel's) Missouri
Cavalry Battalion. It fought with the Army of
Tennessee throughout the Atlanta Campaign and was
part of Hood's operations in Tennessee. Later it was
involved in the defense of Mobile. On May 4, 1862, the
regiment contained 536 effectives and lost 9 killed and
54 wounded at Corinth. The 1st/3rd Battalion
reported 25 killed, 80 wounded, and 3 missing during
the Atlanta Campaign and sustained 56 casualties at
Allatoona. The small command surrendered with the
Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana.
The field officers were Colonel Elijah Gates; Lieutenant
Colonels Richard B. Chiles, George W. Law, and
William D. Maupin; and Majors Robert R. Lawther and
William C. Parker.”
Following the war, Lewis married "Emily Redwine"
(b.1850; 1912), a daughter of David & Nancy (Carr)
Redwine in McDonald County, Missouri on 8/5/1868.
Together they had at least five children: Annie, Robert
David, Thomas Orley, Alice & Rosa E. [2] I don't know
when Lewis and Emily made their move to Oklahoma.

Lewis' grave has a military marker on it with his
allegiance and unit engraved on it.
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1. http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm.

2. http://www.bcooper.aaahosting.net/dat86.html.