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Published May 12, 2012, 09:44 PM

Civil War Veteran Honored

Near Hewitt, MN (WDAY TV) - A follow up to a story we first brought you Thursday night about a veteran from the Civil War who had been buried in an unmarked grave for decades…that is until today.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A follow up to a story we first brought you Thursday night about a veteran from the Civil War who had been buried in an unmarked grave for decades…that is until today. At a special service outside the small west central Minnesota town of Hewitt, close to a hundred people gathered to honor a man who fought and was injured in the Civil War, but has never had a flag or Veteran's Marker on his grave.

Civil War Re-enactors from the Perham area came to honor Edgar Lewis. So did men who have served our country in wars and years past. And what seemed too amazing is, no who stopped on the road and walked up to the ceremony had any connection to Edgar Lewis. Nobody. Instead, thankful state and nation stood at attention and watched as a Civil War Marker was unveiled at the Lewis burial site. 93 years after his death.

It seemed like the salute and appreciation Edgar deserved nearly a century ago, poured over on to this oak tree filled cemetery. This soldier, injured in a vicious Union-Confederate battle in Arkansas, who then quietly passed away in the Twin Cities in 1919, then a final resting spot here in west central Minnesota, where today, they sang the Battle Hymn and played a soldier's fond and memorable farewell, The bugle.

And one more cannon blast to show the respect and gratitude to a soldier no one remembered or even knew, but proud to bestow on to him what had been missing for so long.

Edgar Lewis has a living great-grand-daughter in Salt Lake City. She wrote a letter, thanking those who organized the day, to give her loved one, a respectful ceremony.

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