Addison Lee Ewing, Company C, 63rd Indiana Infantry

Addison Lee Ewing was from Haubstat, Indiana and enlisted on 5/1/62, mustering in to Company C of the 63rd Indiana Infantry with the rank of 1st Sergeant. He resigned on 4/6/65 due to disability.

During his service he saw three promotions: 2nd Lt on 10/2/86, 1st Lt on 6/24/64, and finally to Captain on 10/1/64 (As of Co. I). He transferred from Company C to I on 11/6/64.

The 63rd Indiana became part of the Army of the Ohio in December 1862, staying with that organization until February 1865 when it was assigned to the Department of North Carolina.

The 63rd Indiana saw action at Second Bull Run, East Tennessee, Rocky Face Ridge and Resaca; Dallas, Lost Mountain, the Atlanta Campaign, and Hood’s Tennessee campaign, including Franklin and Nashville.

At Franklin (30 November 1864), the 63rd Indiana served on the far left Union flank with Israel N. Stiles’s brigade, along with the 120th and 128th Indiana regiments. These three Indiana regiments faced the onslaught of the Confederates under Scott and Featherston that fateful day.

120thIN_Franklin_map copy by you.

I’ve written extensively on these Indiana regiments previously on this blog. Hundreds of Confederate soldiers from Alabama and Mississippi lost their lives trying to breach the Union left flank near the Nashville-Decatur Railroad as it buttressed up against the Harpeth River.

By the time of the Battle of Franklin, Addison Lee Ewing was Captain of Company I of the 63rd Indiana Infantry. I’ll say more soon, but here is a partial transcript of the letter Lee wrote to his wife on December 22nd, from Nashville (1864).

. . .  Day before yesterday [would have been the Dec 20th], we was up at Franklin where there are hundreds of new made graves filled by the enemy. I went up into the old Breastworks where we lay and all over the front of our Brigade which is pretty well doted with rebble graves at our place there is 14 of Co. K of Miss[issippi] laying in a row. I see one grave marked  Lt. J.P. See(sic), 55th Tenn. [This was J.P. Seed]. There are horses laying around almost on our works . . . .


Submitted by Kraig McNutt
I am not a descendant but I own 20+ letters and a diary of his.
If you’re a descendant let me know.

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8 Responses to Addison Lee Ewing, Company C, 63rd Indiana Infantry

  1. Kathy says:

    Addison Lee Ewing was my Great Great Grandfather. I visited his grave today in Boise, ID. I decided to do some research and found your blog. My Dad had his diary and I believe he donated it to a museum before he died. Thanks for posting what you have.

    • art kurkowski says:

      Kathy, I have a civil war letter Washington D.C. April 15, 1865 … to a “Dear Mary” ( his wife) signed by A. Lee Ewing … content about the Lincoln Assisination. Could this be your GG Grandfather?

    • Gaylord Chapman says:

      Addison Lee Ewing was my Great Grandfather. He passed long before my time however I do remember my Great Grandmother Mary Frances Ewing. She was a small woman and died in 194111-days short of her 100th birthday.I have a copy of Great Grandfather’s diary from the Civil War.

    • art kurkowski says:

      I have a letter dated 4/15/1865 Washington D.C. from a A.Lee Ewing to his wife Mary with information on Lincoln assisination.

    • Robert Ewing says:

      Addison Lee Ewing was my great great grandfather as well. I would like to find copies of letters and of his diary. If you have any information as to where to find them that would be great.Thanks

  2. Patrick Roark says:

    Addison Lee Ewing is my great great grandfather and I have a diary of his (or a copy at least) and would love to receive copies or scans of letters and diaries or any additional information you have about our family.

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