|Birth: ||Aug., 1817|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1847, Mexico|
United States Army Officer. A native of the District of Columbia, Gantt graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1841. With the outbreak of the Mexican War, he was serving as a 1st lieutenant with the 7th United States Infantry. On September 13, 1847, Lt. Gantt was killed in action while with his regiment at Chapultepec, Mexico.
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"Levi GANTT is the youngest child of Thomas Tasker GANTT (ca 1788 - 1818) and Ann STODDERT (1791-1852). He is a grandson of Benjamin STODDERT, first secretary of the Navy. Levi was born Aug 1817 in Georgetown. He was first buried in Chapultepec, Mexico; in 1848 he was moved to Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery in St. Louis and finally moved to Bellefontaine Cemetery in 1872. His brother Thomas Tasker GANTT (1814-1889) is buried in the same cemetery.
National Intelligencer Newspaper Abstracts, 1848
Thursday, January 13, 1848
The late Lt Levi Gantt was killed in the attack of the Castle of Chapultepec. This young ofcr, a graduate of West Point, too part in every battle fought during the present war by Gens Scott & Taylor, excepting that of Buena Vista. At Monterey, while clambering up the steep ascent a cannon ball fired at his party came within a foot of his head, covering his face with sand & gravel. He was among the first to enter the Mexican fortifications on the summit of Cerro Gordo. It is believed that the only ofcr in advance of him was his cousin, Lt Thos Ewell, of the rifle regt, who died on the field the next day from the effects of a wound. Lt Gantt was a volunteer from his own gallant regt, the 7th Infty. He was struck in the middle of the breast by a musket ball, & expired in a few minutes. He was buried the next day in the church yard in Tacubaya. Lt Gantt was a grandson of the late Benj Stoddert, or Md, Sec of the Navy under the Administration of the Elder Adams & was of the numberous & respectable family of Gantts of PG co, Md. He was a native of Gtwn, D C, but moved at an early age to PG Co, where, till he entered West Point, he resided."
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