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American Rufus DAWES

born Rufus R. DAWES

American military officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 04, 1838 in Malta, Morgan County, Ohio, USA
Died: on August 01, 1899 in Marietta, Ohio, USA


When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Dawes organized a volunteer unit from Mauston in June and on July 16, 1861[1] was elected captain. Company K was mustered into the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, which served for the first months of the war on guard duty in Washington, D.C.. In June, 1862, Dawes was promoted to major. He served with his regiment at the Battle of Groveton and at Antietam and Fredericksburg. In March, 1863, Dawes received a promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel and served in the Chancellorsville Campaign.

During the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, Dawes led a counterattack on Confederate Brigadier General Joseph R. Davis's brigade of the 2d, 11th and 42nd Mississippi Infantry Regiments and the 55th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, many of whom were sheltered in an unfinished railroad cut west of town, and forced the surrender of more than 200 of the Confederate soldiers. He later served that year in the Mine Run Campaign. During a furlough, Dawes returned to Ohio and married Mary Beman Gates (1842–1921), from Marietta, Ohio, on January 18, 1864.

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