G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER HEAVY ARTILLERY
MUSTERED OUT: 6/9/65
* Note: this is the same regiment and Co. as Elisha Nye Row 12 site 2
The 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, a 12 company, one year unit, was organized during the summer of 1864, mustered in by companies, and ordered to the fortifications around Chattanooga, Tennessee that winter as it was thought Confederate Gen Hood would try and recapture the city. The regiment remained at Chattanooga until mustered out by companies June through September, 1865.
Residence: not listed Age: 36 years
Enlisted/Mustered In: 2/8/65 St. Paul, MN Rank: Bugler (Pvt.)
Discharged: 9/27/65 Nashville, TN
Highest Rank: Bugler (Pvt.)
Eli Hewitt was born in New York during the year of our lord, 1828. He was to marry Coihota Bancroft. Although the exact year is not known, it was most likely during the early 1850’s. The union would result in three children: Charles E. (10/30/55), Jennie (9/8/58), and Willard W. (7/5/65).
Mrs. Hewitt died in September, 1866. Eli then remarried to Angeline Graham. The couple would produce on child: Morton B. (12/29/70).
During the waning months of the War of the Rebellion Eli entered the U.S. Army. Other than the fact that he served as an artillery bugler and would later claim his period of service proved deleterious to his health, details are not available on his military tenure.
Around 1890/91 the Hewitt’s moved westward from Minnesota and settled in Snohomish. Here, at 61 years of age, the former Union soldier applied for government invalid pension claiming his months in the army had left him suffering from “catarrh (an inflammation of the respiratory system), asthma, rupture and piles.”
Eli Hewitt died on 8/24/02. The cause of death was heart failure. He was aged 73 years and 8 months. At the time of his death Eli was post commander of Snohomish’s Oliver Morton G.A.R. post. Mrs. Angleine Hewitt died in Seattle on 12/17/18.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
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