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Calvin Webster Fitch

Calvin Webster Fitch, son of John A. and Lucy Ann (Howe) Fitch, was born June 8, 1843, at Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He fitted for college at the High School of his native town, and entered our class at the beginning of Freshman year. He remained with us until the close of that year, when he returned to his home, where he remained until August, 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Company A, Forty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. He served with his regiment in North Carolina, participating in the battles at Kingston, North Carolina, on December 14, 1862; at Whitehall, on December 16, 1862, and at Goldsborough on December 17, 1862.

He was mustered out of the Service on July 6, 1863, at Boston, Massachusetts. The regiment was called into special service at the time of the riots in Boston, on July 15, 1863, and he served one week at this time.

In December, 1863, he was commissioned by President Lincoln as Second Lieutenant of Company H, Seventy-sixth Regiment, U. S. Colored Infantry, and joined the regiment at Fort Jackson, Louisiana, on December 15, 1863. During the year 1864, he was stationed at Port Hudson, Louisiana. In March, 1865, he joined the expedition against Mobile, Alabama. During the attack on Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort, near the city of Mobile, on April 9, 1865, he was wounded; and on account of wounds received he was sent North, and mustered out and honorably discharged at Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on May 22, 1865. During the next year, he remained at home, and in April, 1866, he removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1869.

He was connected with the St. Louis Tribune as Assistant City Editor during the years 1870-1, and was Assistant United States Marshal (Ninth Census) during the year 1870. He reengaged in mercantile pursuits and life-insurance business during 1871-2-3.   He was appointed as clerk in the Money Order Division of the St. Louis Postoffice, on November 6, 1873, and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of the same Division in August, 1878, and retains that position at the present time.  

His religious preference is Congregationalist, and in politics he is a Stalwart Republican.

He was married April 21, 1875, to Miss Rosa A. Curtis, of Providence, Rhode Island. They have three children: Leslie Curtis, born January 16, 1876; Rose Evelyn, born November 16, 1877, and Harold Rea, born October 21, 1882.

Source:  "Memorialia of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" compiled by John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884, Chicago  

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