Colonel Lewis Payne

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100-110 Main St.
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
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North Tonawanda
The home of Civil War’s most famous army scout
Col. Lewis S. Payne
In grateful remembrance
Company D, “Eagle” Regiment
N.Y. Volunteers, “reactivated”



What was there

The sign denotes North Tonawanda as being the home of Colonel Louis S. Payne, civil war scout, though it is not known if this specific location is significant. It is possible that the city of North Tonawanda may have chosen the site because this section of Main St is on a popular stretch of road leading from Tonawanda and Buffalo.  Colonel Payne, at one time, had a farm on Payne and Wheatfield Street, and many years later as the town and city grew, a school was  erected on the old homestead. Today a church occupies that corner.

What is there now

Payne Avenue, which was named after the Col. seems to be the only item left dealing with his remembrance.

More information

  • Colonel Louis S. Payne organized the Company D “Eagle” Regiment of New York Volunteers in service of the Union.
  • He is buried in Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, NY
  • More about Colonel Lewis Payne

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Howard Fritzke


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