Born 7 November 1822 at Avon Springs, Livingston County, New York, Dewitt Clinton Wadsworth moved to Mustcash, Erie County, Ohio, with his parents, Richard Wadsworth and Susan Barnes.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, he and Enoch Weller began organizing half a company of Erie County, Ohio, volunteers at Sandusky City on May 6, 1861. Known as Clinton, D.C., or Dewitt C., he mustered into service as a second lieutanant of Company C, 24th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. he was 38 years old when he enlisted on 1 June 1861. Dewitt C. Wadsworth was 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with blue eyes, and dark hair. Before his war service, he was a farmer.
During the Civil War he was promoted twice. He was promoted to first lieutenant and transferred to command Company I. At the time when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, he was a captain, commanding Company C.
Captain Wadsworth died of his wounds on or about 21 September 1863. Soldiers from the 24th Ohio Infantry Regiment were unable to identify his interment location following their return to the old battlefield on December 1, 1863. He was probably reinterred as an unknown soldier in:
Chattanooga National Cemetery
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