Private Lewis Massuere (1842-1923)
Lewis Massuere, 2nd great-granduncle of brother Louis Mosier, was was born in Natick, Massachussetts to
David P. Massuere and Susan Hill (Corliss) Massuere.
Massuere enlisted as a Private in the Third Independent Battery,
Wisconsin Volunteer Light Artillery on January 1, 1862 at age 19. This unit served in the Army of the Cumberland in the
Western Theater of the Civil War and saw service in Kentucky, Tennessee,
Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Pvt Massuere was with his battery in
the advance on Corinth, Mississippi; Buell's operations toward Chattanooga, Tennessee;
the Kentucky Campaign (present but not engaged in the Battle of
Perryville); the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee; the Tullahoma Campaign, Tennessee;
and the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. The battery was armed with two 12 pound
howitzers and four 10 pount Parrott rifled guns. He served as a driver;
i.e. he rode and guided one of the pairs of horses that pulled the guns
(six horses per gun).
On September 20, 1863 at Chickamauga, the
3rd Wisconsin Battery was in the path of Longstreet's assault, losing 5
guns and sustaining 26 casualties. Pvt Massuere helped save the life of
Corporal Ira Smith, who was shot through the lungs, by carrying him off
the battlefield during the retreat. The survivors retired with the rest
of the Army of the Cumberland into Chattanooga. Having sustained such
damage, the 3rd Wisconsin Battery was never reorganized as a full
battery but was subsequently used for garrison duties and detached
services, including duties at Fort Negley in Chattanooga and Lunette
Palmer of Fortress Rosecrans in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1864, Pvt Massuere reenlisted for three more years of service. He was
transferred in January 1865 to the 8th Wisconsin Battery and then, in
June 1865, to the 6th Wisconsin Battery. He mustered out of the army on
July 3, 1865.
Lewis died in 1923 at age 80.