Brigadier General, United States Army
Dewitt of Pennsylvania
Appointed from Pennsyvlania, Captain, 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, 24 October 1861
Resigned 18 January 1863
Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army, 14 May 1867
Major, Surgeon, U. S. Army, 21 July 1885
Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Surgeon General, U. S. Army, 15 December 1898
Colonel, Assistant Surgeon General, U. S. Army, 7 May 1901
Born at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1840, the son of the Reverend William R. and Mary Elizabeth (Wallace) DeWitt. He was educated at Harrisburg Academy: A.B. at Princeton, 1860; AM in 1863 and MD in 1865 from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. Married Josephine Lesesne in 1877.
He served in the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War; Captain, 49th Pennsylvania olunteer Infantry, October 1861-January 1863; appointed First Lieutenant, Assistant Surgeon, United States Army, May 14, 1867, and advanded through the grades to Colonel, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Army, May 7, 1901; to Brigadier General, August 9, 1903 and retired from active service on August 10, 1903.
He served as a medical officer in several campaigns against Indians and in Cuba. Was an intructor in military hygiene, General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and professor of military medicine and later president, Army Medical School, Washington, D.C. He died in 1908 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Josephine Lesesne Dewitt (1856-1952) outlived him by 44 years, never remarried and is buried with him.
His sons, John Lesesne DeWitt, Lieutenant General, United States Army; Calvin DeWitt, Jr., Brigadier General, United States Army; and Wallace DeWitt, Brigadier General, United States Army, are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, his Grandsons, John Lesene Dewitt, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, and Wallace DeWitt, Jr., Major, United States Army, are also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Updated: 18 November 2000 Updated: 4 March 2003 Updated: 10 August 2003 Updated: 3 May 2004 Updated: 26 November 2005 Updated: 14 October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004