Thursday, February 07, 2013

Aaron Cone Jewett

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Aaron Cone Jewett.

Aaron C. Jewett, of Ann Arbor. Jewett was a leading spirit in University circles. His parents were wealthy, he an only son to whom nothing was denied that a doting father could supply. Reared in luxury, he was handsome as a girl and as lovable in disposition. It was current rumor that one of the most amiable young women in the college town— a daughter of one of the professors was his betrothed. He was graduated with the senior class of that year and immediately enlisted. Notwithstanding his antecedents and his station in life he performed his humble duties in the ranks without a murmur, thus furnishing one more illustration of the patriotism that animated the best type of young men of that day. Ah ! He was a comely soldier, with his round, ruddy face, his fresh complexion, his bright black eyes, and curling hair the color of the
raven, his uniform brushed and boots pohstied to the pink of neatness.

These things together with his modest mien and close attention to his duties made of him a marked man and, in a short time, regimental headquarters had need of him. He was detailed as clerk, then as acting sergeant major and, when early in the year 1863, it was announced that Hiram F. Hale was to be appointed army paymaster, Jewett was chosen to sueceed him as adjutant, but had not received his 1 commission when death overtook him at Williamsport, Maryland, July 6. there was grief in the Sixth of Michigan on that fateful night when it was known that Aaron Jewett lay within the enemy's lines smitten by a fragment of a shell while faithfully delivering the orders of his colonel to the troops of the regiment as they successively came into line under a heavy fire of  artillery. Weber and myself with our men tried to recover the body, but were unable to do so, a force of  confederates having gained possession of the ground. Later Jewett's father succeeded in finding the body of his son and performed the sad duty of giving it proper sepulture.

Authors note.  You can read more about him and his family by going to the site of ( Find a Grave.)

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