CEnter Cemetery, Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-482-8260.
On JUNE 14, 2014 at 11AM--Dedication of the Pryce Lewis headstone in Center Cemetery, Torrington CT. Sponsored by the CT Civil War Round Table A special event to dedicate a new gravestone on the unmarked grave of the Union Civil War spy, Pryce Lewis. Pryce Lewis was born and raised in the small town of Newtown, Wales. In 1856 he decided to seek his fortune in America. Here he resided with his brother George in Torrington, Connecticut. At the start of the American Civil War Lewis became an operative for Allen Pinkerton. In this capacity, he was extremely helpful to the Union Army with numerous spying missions in the South. After the war, Lewis was never eligible to collect a pension as he was not an American Citizen and he had never joined the Union Army. In his old age, finding himself penniless and despondent he jumped from New York's World Building in 1911. His Connecticut nephews claimed the body and he was buried in an unmarked grave in Center Cemetery next to his brother George. In 2009, long-time living historian, Willi Runk, portrayed Pryce Lewis at Torrington's Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. Willie's wish was for Pryce Lewis to have a grave maker. Upon Willi's untimely death, the Connecticut Civil War Round Table undertook the Pryce Lewis headstone project in Willi's memory. Thanks to many donations the goal has been reached and the dedication will take place on June 14, 2014 in Center Cemetery. All are welcome.