Francis H. Lincoln

Date of Birth

1838

Date of Death

Unknown

Letters Authored

1

Letters Received

0

Francis H. Lincoln was born 181 years ago.

Letters Authored in Collection

Date Recipient Title
Nov. 16, 1863 Isaac H. Lutz Describes skirmishes with the Confederates

History

THE LETTER
Francis H. Lincoln wrote this letter on 16 Nov 1863 to Isaac H. Lutz, apparently a friend. The letter is addressed to “Teddy”, which is presumed to be a nickname. The contents of the letter is about the action the 118th was engaged in and around Rappahannock Station, Virginia.

BACKGROUND
Francis H. Lincoln was mustered into Co. E of the 118 Pennsylvania Infantry 11 Aug 1862 as a private. He was promoted to corporal on 1 Mar 1863. Francis was with the 118th at Antietam but it is unlikely he was engaged in any action since the 118th was held in reserve. It received its baptism of fire at Blackford's Ford where it lost heavily and thereafter it was engaged at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Virginia, and Mine Run. It is uncertain as to when or how Francis exited his military service and thus unknown if he saw action during the Battles of the Wilderness or Spotsylvania which the 118th was engaged.

At this writing, little is known about Francis H. Lincoln other than what can be gleaned from his rather incomplete military records. It is known a pension was filed for Francis as an invalid 23 Jun 1865 so we may assume he was injured. His mother Louisa Reed also for a pension on 12 Jul 1875. There was an Issac H. Lutz who mustered into Co. H. of the 32nd Pennsylvania Infantry shortly before this letter was written, but it is unknown if this is the same individual Francis was writing to. There is a Francis H. Lutz, 21, enumerated in the 1860 Census as living in Philadelphia, but again, we do not know if this is the same person.

1850 CENSUS
Louisa Reed, 39, is enumerated in the 4th Ward, Spring Garden, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in the household of a John (possibly Shane), 45. Also listed in the household are: Francis Reed (Almost certainly Francis Lincoln), 14, and Buena Vista Reed, 3.

1860 CENSUS
Francis Lincoln, 22, a plumber, is enumerated in the Census as living with his mother, Louisa Reed, 50, in the 14th Ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also listed in the household is Beuna Vista Reed, 12.

Isaac H. Lutz, 21, was enumerated in the Census as living in the 14th Ward o Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the household of Martin Lutz, 57. Also listed in the household are: Ann Lutz, 55, William Lutz, 28, noted as a paper hanger, and Anna Lutz, 10.