Monday, May 26, 2008
Civil War discovery on Memorial Day
Thanks to Russ Dodge's fine work at the Find A Grave Web site, I found the final resting place of Corporal John Hewitt (right above) of the 34th New Jersey Infantry today. That's pretty neat because two years ago I purchased photos of John and his brother William from a Civil War dealer in Pennsylvania. William served with the 12th New Jersey and saw action at Gettysburg, where he helped flush some stubborn Confederates out of the Bliss Farm buildings. John served in the South, seeing action in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. He was mustered out in April 1866. According to one of the Hewitt brothers' relatives, one of these boys was killed by lightning after the war. Don't know if it was William or John, but it merits further research.