|June 30, 1888: 12th New Jersey monument dedication at Hancock Avenue in Gettysburg.|
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|Private William Hewitt, 12th New Jersey|
Perhaps 12th New Jersey private William Hewitt, shown in the ambrotype at right, attended the Gettysburg event in 1888, although he may have received grief from his former comrades if he did. According to Hewitt's claim for a pension in 1876, he "was ruptured across the bowels" from carrying a heavy load to Gettysburg while on the march about July 1, 1863.. And in an amended claim in 1885, it was stated that Hewitt suffered from chronic diarrhea and piles that were contracted in July 1863, "the consequence of fatigue and overmarching" to Gettysburg. Hewitt missed the fighting. He died at age 62 of a heart ailment on Aug. 24, 1894, in Clayton, N.J. and was buried in Park View Cemetery in Medford, N.J.
|Veterans brought their wives and other family members to the dedication on June 30, 1888.|