Dewitt Clinton Lewis
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Dewitt Clinton Lewis
Dewitt Clinton Lewis
Born(1822-07-30)July 30, 1822
West Chester, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 28, 1899(1899-06-28) (aged 76)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861 - 1864
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel
UnitCompany F, 97th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/warsBattle of Secessionville
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Dewitt Clinton Lewis (July 30, 1822–June 28, 1899) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Lewis received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Lewis's medal was won for his actions at the Battle of Secessionville on June 16, 1862.[1] He was honored with the award on April 23, 1896.[2]

Lewis was from West Chester, Pennsylvania.[1]

Medal of Honor 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.[1]

He is interred at the Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Dewitt Clinton Lewis". Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Civil War (G-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Dewitt Clinton Lewis". Retrieved 2019.
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