Dewitt C Marsh


BirthAug. 12, 1841
DeathApril 15, 1932
CemeteryTobias (Tobias)
PostMorehouse (Tobias)
Unit89th Illinois Infantry, Company I

Private Dewitt C Marsh

Company I, 89th Illinois Infantry

Marsh was born in LaPorte (LaPorte County), Indiana on August 12, 1841. He was living in Viola (Lee County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on August 12, The 21-year old farmer was mustered on August 25, 1862. He served about 34 months and was mustered out on June 10, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The 89th Illinois Infantry was organized in Chicago on August 27, 1862. Durng Marsh’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-21, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863). Regimental losses were 16 killed.

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May-September 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Pickett’s Mill (GA) (May 27, 1864). Regimental losses were 18 killed.

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood in Alabama and Georgia (September 29-November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864.

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War. The unit lost 12 officers and 121 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded. In addition, 1 officer and 172 enlisted men died due to disease.

Marsh died on April 15, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Tobias Cemetery in Tobias (Saline County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Morehouse Post (#188) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Tobias.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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