I think a 4th great uncle of mine was a Civil War Soldier

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EDIT: Why would [Garrett] Griffith Hewitt (born Abt. 1839) register to serve in the Civil War, but not be found in any records searched?

A photo of the information I have:


I have a 4th great uncle, Garrett Griffith Hewitt/Hewett, who disappeared after he registered for the Civil War. [Garrett] Griffith Hewitt registered for the Civil War in June of 1863 under Captain Robert C Johnson In Upper Penns Neck, Salem county, New Jersey. That is all I can find. He was not in the next census and I can not find his death record. Maybe he died in the war? I searched Google and could not find him. Am I missing something?

I appreciate any help finding him. Thank you!

Missy smiley

WikiTree profile: Garrett Hewitt
in Genealogy Help by Missy Berryann G2G6 Mach 7 (77.8k points)
edited by Missy Berryann

2 Answers

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Hi, Missy.  *wave*

Have you googled Captain Robert Johnson? Or the Unit?

Fold3 (paid site) has a lot of Civil War info.

There's also a free government site,  Search For Soldiers - The Civil War

I'm a member of Fold3, so I'll take a look around for you.

Edited to add that I found a Robert Johnson who started as a 1st Lt. and mustered out as a Captain.  He was in Co. B, 4th New Jersey Infantry.  Perhaps that's your relative's regiment?

There's also a New Jersey Civil War site - free - where you can look up soldiers and units. New Jersey Soldiers Data Base

by Karen Hoy G2G6 Mach 3 (35.8k points)
edited by Karen Hoy

Hello Karen!

Thank you. Maybe he died before serving? I can not find him on that free government website. I could not find him on Fold3 either. frown

Thank you for your help!

Missy smiley

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The definitive source for identifying New Jersey service members in the Civil War is Stryker's Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865.

You can search this work by name using the State Archives database Civil War Service Records, 1861-1865

By the way, you may already know this but if you order the death certificate from the State Archives for your Garrett G. Hewitt, who died in 1884, it should list his parents.

by Heather Husted G2G6 Mach 5 (53.5k points)
Thank you! I have searched there and did not find him. I can not figure out what happened to him.

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