Lousia Banks Means
Louisa Banks Means (also referred to as Louisiana, Annie) married Nelson Means in York County, Virginia. Nelson fought for the Union in the Civil War with the United States Colored Troops. She listed their wedding date as July 1870, 1871, or 1876 in different documents in her pension application. Together, they had five children: Annie, Sarah, Mary, Julia, and William. Their children's birthdates, however, are unknown.
Her husband deserted the family for three to four years to live in a soldiers' home, resulting in her filing a claim for half of his pension. Her husband died on September 29, 1901. She secured a widow's pension in 1906. In 1928, she was receiving forty dollars per month. The details of her death are unclear to historians.
Means was profiled by the the University of Virginia's John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History in 2017, as part of their "Black Virginians in Blue" digital project.
- Web. [ Nelson Means (1st USCT)], Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 12, 2021, retrieved July 28, 2021.
- Web. Louisa Banks Means, Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 10, 2021, retrieved July 29, 2021.