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Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

General Joseph H. Lewis

 
 
General Joseph H. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
1. General Joseph H. Lewis Marker
Inscription.
General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the famous Orphan Brigade, is buried just down the hill from Fort Williams. The Orphan Brigade was composed of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th Kentucky Infantry regiments along with two batteries of artillery. These men fought with the Confederate Army of Tennessee throughout the war. They left Kentucky in early 1862 and did not return until the war was over. Lewis was their last commander.

Joseph H. Lewis was born in Glasgow and was educated at Centre College in Danville. After practicing law for a number of year, Lewis entered politics. He served in the Kentucky legislature as a Whig from 1851-1855. His politics later took on a more pronounced Southern stance and he changed parties. He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for congress in 1857 and 1861.

After the war, Lewis returned to Kentucky and resumed his legal practice. In 1870 he was elected to congress and served two terms. In 1880 he was elected circuit judge. He served on the Kentucky court of appeals from 1882 to 1899, serving as chief justice in 1882, 1887 and 1897.

Monuments for two of Lewis' sons, Jack and Asa, who also served in the Orphan Brigade, are located near the Joseph Lewis monument. Gen. Braxton Bragg executed Asa Lewis for desertion after he went home to plant the spring
General Joseph H. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
2. General Joseph H. Lewis Marker
crops against orders. Although Asa returned to duty of his own free will, Bragg carried out the execution. Asa has a headstone is in this cemetery but the location of his body is unknown. Jack's body is buried near that of his father.

Bottom right of marker
This is just one of the many sites along the John Hunt Morgan Trail. Brochures highlighting the entire trail are available at visitor information centers along the route.
 
Location. 36° 59.878′ N, 85° 55.518′ W. Marker is in Glasgow, Kentucky, in Barren County. Marker can be reached from Fort Williams Way south of Cross Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is at the east end of Fort Williams near several other wayside-style markers. Marker is in this post office area: Glasgow KY 42141, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defending Glasgow (here, next to this marker); Attack on Fort Williams (here, next to this marker); Fort Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glasgow Municipal Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Billy Vaughn (approx.
General Joseph H. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
3. General Joseph H. Lewis Marker
on the left in this overall view
0.7 miles away); Barren County World War I Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Luska Joseph Twyman (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glasgow.
 
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General Joseph Horace Lewis image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
4. General Joseph Horace Lewis
Lewis family in Glasgow cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
5. Lewis family in Glasgow cemetery
General Joseph H. Lewis grave image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
6. General Joseph H. Lewis grave
General Joseph H. Lewis grave image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
7. General Joseph H. Lewis grave
Pvt Jack Lewis grave image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
8. Pvt Jack Lewis grave
grave markers for Joseph and Jack Lewis image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
9. grave markers for Joseph and Jack Lewis
Lewis family monument as seen from Fort Williams image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, July 23, 2012
10. Lewis family monument as seen from Fort Williams
monument obelisk is just right of center
 
 
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