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Associated Press, Published May 14 2012

After 93 years, Civil War vet gets grave marker in MInn.

HEWITT, Minn. — A Civil War veteran whose Minnesota grave has been unmarked for nearly a century now has a military marker in honor of his service.

About 100 people attended a dedication and service in Hewitt this weekend for Edgar Lewis. The soldier was injured in a battle in Arkansas, and later died in the Twin Cities in 1919.

The Tri-County American Legion from Motley provided a 21-gun salute. A Civil War re-enactment group participated in the gun salute and shot off a Civil War cannon, and another group sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Lewis has a great-granddaughter who lives in Salt Lake City. She wrote a letter thanking organizers for giving Lewis a respectful ceremony.

As a veteran, Lewis is entitled to a marker paid with government funds.


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