1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Second Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewit
22nd Infantry 1879-1882
Augustine F. Hewit
U.S. Military Academy graduation photo
Born in New York, N.Y., on
December 6, 1856, Augustine Francis Hewit was appointed to the US
by Ulysses S. Grant. Hewit was a cadet from July 1, 1875 to June 13, 1879, when he graduated number 38 in a class of 67,
and was promoted in the Army to Second Lieutenant of the 22nd Infantry.
Two classmates who graduated
with Hewit later commanded
the 22nd Infantry, Charles R. Noyes and Charles M. Truitt, though they were not assigned to the
22nd Infantry upon graduation. Both Hewit and Noyes served as Sergeants in their graduating Company in 1879.
Hewit was a better than average student, scoring a total of 1309.7 points out of a possible 1950.
His best scores were in Drawing and Mathematics, while his worst were in Tactics and French.
Along with Hewit, one other graduating cadet of the Class of 1879 was assigned
to the 22nd Infantry that year, that cadet being Frank B. Jones.
Originally assigned in the 22nd Infantry to Company F, within a short time Hewit was transferred to Company E.
He was posted to frontier duty
at Ft. Gibson, Indian Territory, from September 30 to October 4,
and served in the Ute Expedition of 1879-1880. He was stationed at San Antonio, Texas, where he died
on June 3, 1882, only 25 years old. He was struck down by what was called "remittent fever", a form of
malarial or yellow fever, which in his case was quite severe, and from which he never recovered.
At the time of his death he was Commanding Officer of Company E 22nd Infantry.
( In many of the records found for Augustine F. Hewit, his name is spelled Hewitt.)
The following is Augustine F. Hewit's obituary,
complete with mis-spellings and a few inaccuracies,
published in the June 6, 1882 issue of the New York Times:
LIEUT. AUGUSTINE F. HEWIT.
Lieut. Augustine F. Hewit, of
the United States Army, died on Saturday
in San Antonio, Texas, under peculiary sad circumstances. The deceased
was a Lieutenant of the Twenty-second Infantry, stationed at San Antonio,
and was 25 years of age. He was born in Connecticut, and was appointed
a Cadet in the West Point Academy by Gen. Grant, his father , Dr. Henry S.
Hewit, being at the time a surgeon on Gen. Grant's staff. After graduation
he was sent out with the Twenty-second Infantry to take part in the campaign
against the Modoc Indians. Subsequently removing with his regiment to
Texas, he became acquainted with Col. Branten Duncan, an ex-Confederate
Army officer, and formed a warm attachment for the latter's daughter Katherine,
who reciprocated this affection. It was arranged some months ago that their
marriage should take place on June 5, but the young soldier was taken ill
with remittent fever, and grew rapidly worse. He was taken to Col. Duncan's
house, and there was tenderly nursed by his affianced. On Saturday, he
having failed rapidly, in deference to the wishes of both himself and Miss
Duncan, a marriage was performed by the Rev. Father Johnson. Mr. Hewit
lived but a few hours thereafter, and died with his wife and father-in-law
at his bedside, each holding one of his hands. The news of his death was
telegraphed to his mother in Bridgeport, Conn., and to other relatives at the
North. Lieut. Hewit's funeral will take place on Tuesday, in San Antonio.
Lieut. Hewit's uncle is one of the Paulist Fathers, his father is a physician,
and his grandfather was a Presbyterian clergyman.
The following article appeared in The Evening Light newspaper of San Antonio, Tuesday, June 13, 1882:
Resolutions on the Death of the Late Lt. A. F. Hewitt
HEADQUARTERS 22ND U.S. INFANTRY,
Fort Clark, Texas, June 4, 1882.
It becomes the sorrowful
duty of the colonel commanding the regiment, to announce the
Second Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewitt, which took place at San Antonio, Texas, the 3rd inst.
Lieutenant Hewitt graduated at West Point in the class of 1879; joined Company E, of the regiment,
at Fort Gibson, I. T., in September of the same year. He participated in the severe winter campaign
in the Ute country of Colorado 1879-80. Returning in the spring to Fort Gibson, his company was
transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where he has since been stationed, and where he was doing
the duty of post commissary of subsistence and commanding his company at the time of his death.
short service in the army was one of honor and credit. Noble in
lovely in amiability and purity of character, he was an ornament to our regiment and did honor to the army.
The officers of the regiment will wear the customary badge of mourning for thirty days in memory of the deceased.
At a meeting of the
officers of the 22d infantry at Fort Clark, Texas, the
headquarters of the regiment,
on Sunday, June 4, 1882, to express their feelings upon the death of Second Lieutenant Augustine F. Hewitt,
22d infantry, which occurred at San Antonio, Texas, on the 3rd inst., General D.S. Stanley was called upon
to preside and First Lieutenant O.M. Smith to act as secretary. General Stanley stated the object of the meeting
and gave the details of the death of Lieutenant Hewitt. The following resolutions were then unanimously adopted:
Whereas, Almighty God,
in His wise dispensation, has been pleased to remove from our
midst, our friend
and comrade in arms, Augustine F. Hewitt, lieutenant 22nd infantry; therefore it is
Resolved, That in the death of Lieutenant Hewitt the regiment has suffered the loss of an upright and
efficient officer; the army at large, one who was an ornament to its ranks; his wife, a loving husband,
and his family, a devoted son and brother. It is further
Resolved, That, while sorrowfully bowing with submission to the acts of an all wise Providence, we offer
our heartfelt sympathy to the wife and family of our lamented friend and comrade, in this
their severe and sudden bereavement.
The officers then called
up pleasant and complimentary reminiscences of the life of the
after which the meeting was adjourned.
[Signed] D.S. Stanley.
Colonel 22nd Infantry
And this, from a geneaology record on ancestry.com:
The gravestone for 2D LT Augustine F. Hewit
San Antonio National Cemetery
Photo by M. Dahl
Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. June, 1879
Biographical register of the officers and
graduates of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. since
its establishment in 1802.
Supplement / by George W. Cullum 1902
Official US Army Register, 1880, 1881, 1882
New York Times June 6, 1882
The Evening Light June 13, 1882
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