Lt. Col. William Lewis was born in Virginia in 1767 and migrated to Jessamine County, Kentucky. As a captain, he survived Arthur St. Clairís 1791 defeat by the Indians in Ohio. In 1812, he was appointed to command the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which made up part of Winchesterís force. He led the detachment that drove the British and Indians out of French Town on January 18, 1813. In the subsequent battle on January 22, Lewis attempted to assist General Winchester in rallying the retreating American right wing, but was captured. He was imprisoned in Quebec for a year before being exchanged.
After the war, Lewis moved to Arkansas, where he died in 1825.