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CLEMONS, LEWIS CHAPMAN

Thomas W. Cutrer

CLEMONS, LEWIS CHAPMAN (1816–1892). Lewis Chapman Clemons, soldier, was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on March 26, 1816, and moved to Texas in February 1833. On July 9, 1835, he enlisted as a volunteer in Capt. Philip H. Coe's ranger company, which served under Col. John H. Moore in a campaign against the Indians until August 31, 1835. During the Texas Revolution Clemons served in Capt. William W. Hill's Company H of Col. Edward Burleson's First Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, from March 1 though May 1, 1836, and fought in the battle of San Jacinto. In 1840 Clemons was a resident of Washington County, where he owned 378 acres of land and a stud horse. In June 1842 President Sam Houston appointed him captain of a ranger company, but in response to the raids of Raphael Vásquez and Adrián Woll of that year Clemons, on September 25, enlisted as a private in Capt. Samuel A. Bogart's company of Col. James R. Cook's First Regiment of the South Western Army to participate in the Somervell expedition. Shortly thereafter, on October 17, he transferred to Philip Coe's company of the same regiment. Clemons was one of the men who returned from the Rio Grande with Gen. Alexander Somervell and so avoided the blunders of the Mier expedition. He died at Brenham in 1892. He was a member of the Texas Veterans Association.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). Joseph Milton Nance, Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas W. Cutrer, "CLEMONS, LEWIS CHAPMAN," accessed August 09, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcl28.

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on July 7, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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