RIDDLE, LEWIS (1835 ~ 1918). The following is a biography for Confederate veteran Lewis Riddle provided by his descendents:
"Lewis Riddle is the son of August Louis and Hannah Cathariene (Michaels) Riddle, both of Germany. Lewis was born in June of 1835 in Mississippi. His only sibling Clara Elizabeth Riddle was born on September 9, 1841 near Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Riddle's father is presumed to have died about 1842, when his mother began paying taxes on the family property. Mrs. Riddle then married C. F. L. Henne in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 27, 1849, and Lewis was found in their household on both the 1850 and 1860 census. Riddle's mother and stepfather had no children and she died in Fort Smith on July 13, 1860.
Riddle claimed to have come to Texas in 1861, and that he was a widower in 1899. His occupation was farming. His religion is listed as Presbyterian. Lewis enlisted in the Confederate States Army in March of 1862 at Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas and served through April of 1865, when he was disabled at the Battle of Hempstead.
While in the Civil War, Lewis served in Co. D. of the 16th Texas Infantry, i.e. Flournoy's Regiment Texas Inf. 7th Regiment Texas Infantry, C. F. S. Also noted as in Scurry's Brigade of Walker's Division. In 1864, Lewis was made Ensign of his regiment.
Recommended by J. W. White, Captain and Commander of the Regiment, who cited the following service: 'In the Battle of Pleasant Hill & Mansfield on the 8th and 9th of April 1864 he acted very gallantly and in the Battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas on the 30th of April, 1864 he carried the Colors in the advance of the Regiment under a very heavy fire.'
Lewis was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin, Travis County, Texas in 1899, but was released in 1905 at his own request. He was readmitted to the home in 1906, and died in 1918."
Further information available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.