Capt. J.W. Willis 1rst Va. Light Artillery, Colt Army, Mitchell & Tyler Sword, etc.
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Id’d Colt Army,Mitchell &Tyler Sword,Muster Roll, Powder Horn – Capt. J.W. Willis 1rst Va. Light Artillery


Original Civil War Period Confederate Mitchell and Tyler Foot Officer’s Sword, M1860 Colt Army Revolver, Confederate Muster Roll for the 1rst Virginia Regiment of Light Artillery and Civil War Period Artillery Priming Horn – All Possessions of Captain J.W. Lewis, 1rst Va. Regiment Light Artillery – This fine and rare grouping of the military possessions of Captain J. W. Lewis, 1rst Va. Regiment of Light Artillery, includes the following: Lewis’ Mitchell and Tyler foot officer’s sword, his M1860 Colt Army (with three cylinder chambers still holding original rounds), his completed Confederate muster roll and a large artillery priming horn, retaining traces of original red, artillery paint. All of the latter are in very good condition – there is a minor seam tear in the leather scabbard and loss of the drag, although both original, Confederate sword drop snaps remain on the scabbard rings; the pistol is in good condition, with some surface pitting, and all the numbers match, with the exception of the cylinder number which is one digit off of the rest of the gun – all matching serial nos. – #53465, with the exception of the cylinder, which is numbered one digit off at #53464 (date of manufacture – 1862); the rare, Confederate muster roll is in excellent condition, as is the priming horn.  The Confederate Muster Roll is for the 1st Virginia Regiment of Light Artillery, signed by Captain Lewis. Perry Adams Antiques obtained this entire grouping from Michael Cherry, of Brevard, North Carolina. Mr. Cherry obtained the entire grouping from Walker Millner, great grandson of Captain J.W. Lewis. Mr. Cherry obtained this grouping, from Mr. Millner, some time shortly prior to Mr. Millner’s death, in 2005. We will provided the purchaser of this grouping with the complete, detailed lineage  and provenance of this group.

John Willis Lewis

Residence was not listed; Enlisted on 7/11/1861 at Halifax County, VA as a Captain. On 7/11/1861 he was commissioned into “E” Co. VA 59th Infantry (date and method of discharge not given) He was listed as:* Was paid (date and place not stated) ($175.00 paid for expenses) * Was paid 3/5/1862 (place not stated) (Paid $390.00)* Detailed 4/1/1862 (place not stated) (In recruiting service)

Pittsylvania Artillery

John Willis Lewis – Captain; Enl. 7-11-61 in Halifax Co., Va, age 30; he entered Co. E, 59th Va. Inf. Listed as WIA, shot through the shoulder, at Sewell Mountain, on 9-23-1861; commanded artillery battery. Re-enlisted on 3-12-62 at Halifax Co., Va., age 31. On furlough 6-3-62; present 12-31-62; WIA and admitted to Gen. Hospital #10 on 4-8-63; in Danville Gen. Hospital 4-15 to 6-26-63. Resigned due to disability caused by wounds, on 5-28-63.