John J. Louis
Company D 22nd Infantry
John J. Louis was born in Germany in 1873.
He enlisted for a period of 3
years as a Private in Company D of the 22nd Infantry on May 25,
at Minneapolis, Minnesota. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 7 ¾ inches tall, had
dark brown hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Laborer.
He was discharged from this enlistment as a Private at the 22nd Infantry Camp at Tampa, Florida
on May 24, 1898 with a character reference of Very good. He re-enlisted in Company D the next day
on May 25, 1898 at Tampa, Florida.
The Returns of the 22nd Infantry
for the month of May 1898 show that Private Louis was checked
an unspecified General Hospital on May 30, 1898 while a member of Company D 22nd Infantry
on detached service.
The Returns for June show Private Louis still a member of Company D and absent sick at Tampa since May 30.
The Returns for July do not list his name.
In the Returns of the 22nd
Infantry for the month of August 1898 Private John J. Louis is
as a member of Company D 22nd Infantry Died Of Disease on August 23, 1898.
In the Burial Registers,
Military Posts and National Cemeteries 1862-1960 there are three
for John J. Louis (under the name of John Lewis of Company D 22nd Infantry), all of which indicate he was buried in
Grave # 24 at the Post Cemetery at Camp Wikoff at Montauk, New York. There is also note that his body was shipped
to White Plains, New York for disposition. One of the records from Camp Wikoff listing Louis is from the
General Hospital at the Camp.
It is the supposition of the 1st
Battalion website that John J. Louis was transferred from the
at Tampa to the General Hospital at Camp Wikoff as the War With Spain came to an end and the facilities at
Tampa were closed and all of the returning troops from Cuba were directed to the quarantine camp at Montauk.
Private Louis most likely died at the General Hospital at Camp Wikoff.
John J. Louis was buried in the
Post Cemetery at Camp Wikoff in Grave # 24. His remains were
sent to White Plains, New York and he was interred in the National Cemetery at Cypress Hills, New York
on January 9, 1899.
Cypress Hills National Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
Plot: 2, 5648
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