Luis Emilio

Luis Fenollosa Emilio (1844 - 1918)

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Captain Luis Fenollosa "Lewis, Louis" Emilio
Born in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Husband of — married before 1880 [location unknown]
Died in New York, United Statesmap
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Luis was born in 1844 in Salem, Massachusetts.

He was the son of Spanish immigrants Isabel and Manuel Emilio, and a captain in the famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.


In 1860, he is attending school, probably in or near Beloit, Wisconsin.


  • 1880: TREA[1] Secretary
  • 1870: Bookkeeper


  • 1910: Owned house at 29 West 47th, Manhattan, New York (widowed) with his three Swedish American domestic servants: Eola Lidstrom, Elma Sundburg, and Emma Johnson
  • 1900: Rented house at 29 West 47th, Manhattan, New York with his wife and Swedish American maid Ida S. Nelson, Swedish American cook Mathilda Engleburd, and Swedish American maid Amelia F.
  • 1880: 1526 Hyde Street, San Francisco, California with his wife, son, and brother
  • 1870: San Francisco, California
  • 1860: Beloit, Wisconsin with his parents, siblings, and Irish American domestic servant Mary McLaughlin

Military Service

During the Civil War, Luis first served in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts in 1861.

The service for which he is most famous is his two years with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army. Luis served as a white officer - Captain of Company E - in the 54th Massachusetts, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was a 19 year old student when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and mustered in on 30 March 1863. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 14 April 1863 and mustered in 23 April 1863. He was promoted to Captain on 22 May 1863 and mustered in on 23 May 1863. Discharged 27 March 1865.

After the war, he would go on to write and publish the first book on the 54th Massachusetts regiment, first published in 1891.

Company Remarks

See also Images.

19 June 1864
Capt. Luis F. Emilio returned from duty on Court-Martial at Hilton Head, S.C. of Maj. Gen'l Dix-Def
4 December 1863
Capt. Luis F. Emilio Detailed on Board of Survey
28 August 1863
Capt. Emilio detailed as Brigade (4th) Officer of the Day.
24 August 1863
Capt. Emilio today is in the Trenches with an armed force of 150 men of the Regt.
27 April 1863
Capt D A Partridge Officer of Day. Lieut Luis F Emilio command of Co. C
25 April 1863
Private William Robinson buried at Dedham Mass Lt Luis F Emilio Officer of Guard
14 April 1863
Lt Luis F Emilio detailed Officer of Police
5 April 1863
Lt Luis F Emelio detailed Officer of Guard

Census Race

  • 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910: White
  • 1860: Unspecified


He passed away in 1918 and is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts.

Research Notes

Of note: the 1900 federal census indicates that he is denied voting rights, which seems to be linked to his parents being foreign-born. I need to look up the historical context on why he would be denied the vote.



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  • 1860 United States Federal Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin; Roll: M653_1430; Page: 82; Family History Library Film: 805430 (as Lewis F. Emilio)
  • 1870 United States Federal Census Year: 1870; Census Place: San Francisco Ward 10, San Francisco, California; Roll: M593_83; Page: 195A; Family History Library Film: 545582 (as Juluis F. Emilio)
  • 1880 United States Federal Census Year: 1880; Census Place: San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Roll: 74; Page: 755C; Enumeration District: 059 (as Louis F. Emilio)
  • 1900 United States Federal Census Year: 1900; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Enumeration District: 0741; FHL microfilm: 1241114 (as Louis F. Emillio)
  • 1910 United States Federal Census Year: 1910; Census Place: Manhattan Ward 19, New York, New York; Roll: T624_1043; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 1177; FHL microfilm: 1375056
  • Emilio, Luis Fenollosa. History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865, Boston, Massachusetts: Boston Book Co., 1891 (1st ed.) and 1894 (2nd ed.)
  • Find a Grave: Luis Fenellosa Emilio
  • Free Access Civil War Records 1-15 April 2018. 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company Remarks.

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