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Free Genealogy Biography of Luther Rewalt
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Luther L. Rewalt, M. D.

Luther L. Rewalt, M. D. was born in Middletown, Penn., December 25, 1839. His parents were William and Catherine (McKinley) Rewalt, of Pennsylvania, and of German and Scotch-Irish descent, respectively. They had only this one son and one daughter. Until the age of ten Luther L. attended the public schools, and the following five years at Eman's Institute at Middletown. At the age of fifteen he entered the preparatory school at Litiz Academy, where he remained four years. He then began reading medicine at Halifax, Penn., with Dr. Wright, and then read with Dr. Filbert, at Columbia. At the age of twenty he entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, from which institution he graduated in March, 1861, with the degree of M. D.

At the outbreak of the Rebellion he received the first surgeon's commission issued by Gov. Curtin, and was assigned to the Twenty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 25th Regiment, a three months' regiment, and served until the end of his term.

Returning to Wrightsville he practiced medicine until August, 1864, when he was appointed acting assistant surgeon, United States army, by Dr. John Campbell, United States army surgeon at Philadelphia. which position he held but a few months.

Returning to Wrightsville he resumed the practice of his profession until January 27, 1865, when he entered the Twenty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 182nd Regiment, as assistant surgeon, and remained to the end of the war. He again returned to Wrightsville, where he has since located, practicing his profession, except one year, which he spent in Philadelphia.

He was married April 6, 1863, to Mary Jane Magee, daughter of James F. Magee (deceased), of Wrightsville, and had five children: James W. Mary F., Annie M., William H. (deceased), and Francis J. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Doctor is surgeon of the G. A. R. Post, at Wrightsville, and a past member of the school board. He is a man of fine scholastic attainments, and devotedly attached to his profession, and is respected by all.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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