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The Lewis W. Tway Collection consists of two boxes of Civil War mementos. 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, a lithographed muster roll of Company K, 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 also collection 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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Publication Date

April 2000


Civil War, 147th New York, Battle of the Wilderness, G.A.R., Grand Army of the Republic, 50th Reunion, Battle of Gettysburg


History | Military History | Social History | United States History

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Finding Aid

MS-011: Lewis W. Tway Collection