Tuscaroras Mourn Death of Last Iroquois Who Fought in Civil War Alvis David Hewitt, Descendant of Old Family, Had Brilliant War Record; Last Member of Sanborn G.A.R. Post Tuscarora Indian tribesmen planned today to turn out in large numbers tomorrow afternoon for the funeral of Alvis David Hewitt, 95, last survivor of 285 Iroquois who fought for the union in the Civil War, whose death occurred at his home on the Mount Hope road, Tuscarora Indian Reservation, near Sanborn, yesterday. Mr. Hewitt was the last survivor of Alexander Mabon Post, No. 125, Grand Army of the Republic, of Sanborn. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Tuscarora Baptist church, on the reservation, where Mr. Hewitt was assistant pastor for 22 years. The Rev. Frank N. Taft, of Sanborn, will officiate. Sanborn Post, No. 969, American Legion, will have charge of services at the grave in Mount Hope cemetery. Mr. Hewitt was a veteran of Gettysburg and Bull Run and was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House. He was a member of the Turtle clan of the Six Nations and claimed descent from the Alvis family, prominent in the Tuscarora nation during its colonial days abode in North Carolina. He is survived by a son, Silas Hewitt, with whom he lived on the Tuscarora Reservation; a brother, John N. B. Hewitt, ethnologist in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; a sister, Mrs. Cassanda Williams, of Angola, N.Y.; several grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Hewitt was a son of the late Dr. David Hagh Hewitt, who was a well known Indian herb doctor among the early settlers of Niagara county, and the late Liza Johnson Hewitt, and was born on the Tuscarora Indian reservation May 9, 1843. At the age of 19, he enlisted with the Union Army in Co. B, 131st New [151st NYSV] York Volunteer infantry, and was wounded twice during the battle of Spotsylvania. The urge for a military service was inherited from a grandfather who served in the Queen's Own regiment stationed at Ft. George, Ont. The veteran served in 16 different engagements during the war and possessed a sniper's badge presented to him for hitting a bull's eye at a distance of 100 yards. During the battle of Locust Grove he was but a few feet from the flag bearer, who headed a massed V formation of the Confederate colors, when he fell. Mr. Hewitt put his foot on the staff, tore the flag off, and stuffed it inside his shirt intending to keep it as a souvenir. After the battle he told the captain, who took the flag saying he would take care of it for him. However, he never saw it again as it was sent to Washington and all flags were later exchanged with the enemy. About 40 years later a package bearing a Washington post mark was received by Mr. Hewitt at Sanborn post office. Opening it he found a large flag the stars and stripes. After the war he worked his farm on the reservation, but his wounded hip made it impossible to continue. He joined a troup of young Indian musicians and traveled for two years with the Rodan and Hamilton road show. Later, becoming interested in religious work, he served as assistant pastor of the Tuscarora Baptist church for 22 years and held the same position with the Pleasant Valley church on the Cattaraugus reservation for three years. He was associated with the City Mission at Niagara Falls for nine years.
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