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Dewitt Clinton Lewis

Date of birth: July 30, 1822
Date of death: June 28, 1899
Burial location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, West Chester
Home of record: West Chester Pennsylvania


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Captain (Infantry) Dewitt Clinton Lewis, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 16 June 1862, while serving with Company F, 97th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Secessionville, South Carolina. While retiring with his men before a heavy fire of canister shot at short range, Captain Lewis 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.

General Orders: Date of Issue: April 23, 1896

Action Date: June 16, 1862

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company F

Division: 97th Pennsylvania Infantry