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MS - 011 The Lewis W. Tway Collection

(3 boxes, .75 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1860-1920

Processed by: Melodie Foster
April 2000

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Donated to Gettysburg College by descendants of Lewis Tway (from the Estate of Helda V. Dean Austin by Mrs. Virginia Branston, executor), through the efforts of Grace C. Kenney, Emeritus Professor of Health and Physical Education.


Lewis W. Tway (1842-1923) was born in Brooklyn, New York where he worked as a farmer before enlisting in Company K of the 147th N.Y. Volunteers on July 15, 1863 for a term of three years. He received a leg wound on May 6, 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness and was granted furlough May 18 - June 18, 1864. He was discharged July 14, 1865 in Philadelphia at the age of 21. He married Emma V. Doughty of Brooklyn on May 6, 1866 and with her raised one daughter, Nellie. Tway was active in the Stella Lodge between 1874 and 1885 and was a member of the G.A.R. He returned to Gettysburg for the 50th Reunion in July 1913 and died in 1923.

Scope and Content Notes:

The Lewis W. Tway Collection consists of three boxes of Civil War mementos.  Box 1 contains manuscripts, box 2 contains artifacts and box 3 contains a lithographed muster roll of Company K.  Items carried by Tway during the war include a "housewife", bible, inkwell, diary, currency (fractional and postage) and photographs (of himself and another soldier). The collection contains a letter written to his sister soon after he was wounded, the torn swatch of pants through which the bullet entered his leg, and two letters from a young lady whose comfort package he received in 1865. Also included in the collection are Tway's official papers from the war: his furlough, discharge and pension certificates.

Items from the 50th reunion of the 147th N.Y.V. at Gettysburg include a photograph of the surviving members, the lithographed muster roll, and a tip cup. Other personal items in the collection are Tway's marriage certificate, obituary, a book presented to his wife on their wedding day, certificates of membership to Stella Lodge and three G.A.R badges. The collection also contains a number of photographs of Tway, his wife, and his daughter from the period 1860-1920, as well as artifacts.
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