William (Uncle Bill) Lewis

William (Uncle Bill) Lewis (HMQDS)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37402 Hamilton County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 2.905', W 85° 18.566'

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1810-1896

William Lewis was born in Winchester, Tennessee, in 1810 as a slave. When he was old enough, Lewis was taught the blacksmith trade. By working at odd times, he was able to save enough money to purchase the freedom of his wife so his children would be born free.

William Lewis came to Chattanooga in 1837 when it was still called Ross' Landing. He continued to work and soon paid for his own freedom. In 1851 Lewis purchased the freedom of his mother, brother and sister. He operated a blacksmith shop at this location and became very prosperous during the civil war. His men forged the shackles for Andrews' Raiders after the famous locomotive chase from Big Shanty, Georgia, to Chattanooga, and his son, George, fitted them on each prisoner.
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HM NumberHMQDS
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Year Placed1990
Placed ByMary Walker Historical and Educational Foundation
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 654183 N 3879718
Decimal Degrees35.04841667, -85.30943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 2.905', W 85° 18.566'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 2' 54.30" N, 85° 18' 33.96" W
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Area Code(s)423, 931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 630 Market St, Chattanooga TN 37402, US
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