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HEWETT, Edward Osborne, Canadian engineer, born in Glamorgan, England, 25 September, 1835. He was educated at Cheltenham college and the Royal military academy at Woolwich, commissioned lieutenant in the Royal engineers in 1854, captain in 1860, major in 1872, lieutenant-colonel in 1879, colonel in 1881, and was created a companion of the order of St. Michael and St. George in 1883. In 1861, in anticipation of a war with the United States, he took command of the field com-party of royal engineers for active service in Canada. He subsequently commanded the Royal engineers of Ontario, west of Toronto, was engaged in reporting on the defences and resources of Canada, and was afterward in charge of the designing and construction of the military and naval fortifications in Halifax, Nova Scotia He visited both National and Confederate camps during the civil war. in 1875 he was appointed commandant of the proposed military college of Canada, and he has had the sole organization and working of this institution from its conception till the present date (1887)
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