James P Dewitt

BirthApril 26, 1846
DeathMay 31, 1932
CemeteryCedar View (Doniphan)
PostSmith (Doniphan)
Unit2nd Iowa Infantry, Company E

Private James P. Dewitt

Company E, 2nd Iowa Infantry

Dewitt was born in Meigs County, Ohio on April 26, 1846. He was living in Batavia (Jefferson County) when he enlisted and was mustered on December 14, 1863. Dewitt served about 19 months with the regiment. He was mustered out on July 12, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.

Dewitt joined the regiment during the last 1 ½ years of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

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

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April, 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Dewitt was slightly wounded on July 22, 1864 at the Battle of Atlanta. Civil War records indicate that he received a slight wound to his shoulder.

Dewitt died on May 31, 1932 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Cedar View Cemetery in Doniphan (Hall County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Smith Post (#65) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Doniphan. In addition he was also a member of the Strickland Post (#13) of the GAR in Hastings, Nebraska.

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