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b. 30/07/1822 West Chester, Pennsylvania. d. 28/06/1866 Morton, Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 16/06/1862 Secessionville, South Carolina.

 

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a 38 year old carpenter residing in West Chester, Pennsylvania when the Civil War began. Soon after the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina he enlisted in the Union Army, and was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant of Company E, 9th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a three-month enlistment unit. He saw service with his regiment in northern Virginia before being mustered out after the First Bull Run Campaign on July 24, 1861. On October 3, 1861 he rejoined the Union war effort when he was commissioned as Captain and commander of Company F, 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. While leading his men in the June 16, 1862 Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina, he performed an act of bravery that would see him be awarded the Medal of Honor.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

While retiring with his men before a heavy fire of canister shot at short range, returned in the face of the enemy's fire and rescued an exhausted private of his company who but for this timely action would have lost his life by drowning in the morass through which the troops were retiring.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: OAKLANDS CEMETERY, WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA.

Section F, Lot 29

Dewitt Clinton Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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