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Term: Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)

Definition:

b. Malta, Ohio, July 4, 1838
d. Marietta, Ohio, August 1, 1899

Rufus Dawes left some of the most vivid accounts of the Iron Brigade in his diary, letters, and memoir. Chosen captain of a Juneau County company in 1861, Dawes rose through the ranks to command his entire regiment during the Civil War’s most famous battles.

Early Years

Dawes was born in Ohio but came to Mauston, Wisconsin, with his father and his brother in 1855. He spent his teenage years shuttling between Wisconsin and Ohio. He attended the University of Wisconsin briefly, graduated from Marietta College in 1860, and returned to Wisconsin after getting his degree.

Civil War Service

When the war broke out in April 1861, 22-year-old Dawes raised a volunteer company of lumberjacks in Juneau County. They were known as the Lemonweir Minute Men and were mustered into service in June at Camp Randall as Co. K, 6th Wisconsin Infantry. Unlike most new recruits, Dawes’s company signed up for the duration of the war rather than only the required 90 days. Dawes gradually became an important leader in the famous Iron Brigade.

During the war, he wrote letters and kept a detailed diary describing the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Second Bull Run, Gettysburg, and many less famous engagements. He also recorded his feelings and moods, and included details about daily camp life and individual soldiers. He was brevetted as a brigadier general for meritorious service in March 1865.

Postwar Years

When his term of enlistment expired in 1864, Dawes went home to Marietta, Ohio, where he became a successful business owner and a trustee of Marietta College. In 1875 he began writing a memoir of the Civil War, using his diary and letters as primary sources.

His health began to fail in 1889 and he spent the last decade of his life growing progressively weaker. He died on August 1, 1899, at his home in Marietta, Ohio, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Links to learn more

Col. Dawes’ memoir, "Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers"

Col. Dawes’ diary, July 1, 1860-June 25, 1862

Col. Dawes’ diary, August-September, 1862

View original documents related to Col. Dawes

[Source: Dawes, Rufus. Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers (Marietta, Ohio, 1890); Dictionary of American Biography.]

124 records found

Dablon (D'Ablon), Fr. Claude, 1619-1697.
Dafoe, Willem 1955 -
Daggett, Samuel Slater 1812 - 1868
Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
Dahl, Ole Rasmussen, 1817 - 1882
Dahl, Theodor Halvorson 1845 - 1923
Dahle, Herman Bjorn 1855 - 1920
Dailey, Jr., Paul 1915
Dailey, Lt. Col. Dennis B. (1840-1898)
Daland, William Clifton 1860 - 1921
Daly, Tyne 1946 -
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Damon, Harold E. 1885
Dandeneau, Marcel 1931
Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835.
Danes in Wisconsin
Daniells, William Willard 1840 - 1912
Daniels, Edward 1828 - 1916
Daniels, Newell 1828 - 1904
Dankoler, Harry Edward 1863 - 1955
Darling, Alberta 1944
Darling, Mason C. 1801 - 1866
Darms, John Martin George 1873 - 1946
Davidson, James Henry 1858 - 1918
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Davidson, John Nelson 1848 - 1945
Davidson, Thomas 1828 - 1895
Davidson, William Fuson ["Commodore"] 1825 - 1887
Davies, John Eugene 1839 - 1900
Davis, Glenn R. 1914 - 1988
Davis, J. Mac 1952
Davis, Jefferson (in Wisconsin)
Davis, John Jefferson 1852 - 1937
Dawes, Col. Rufus R. (1838-1899)
Day, Laurence J. 1913
Day, Roland B. 1919
De Groat, Col. Charles H. (1838-1904)
de Langlade, Charles
De Peyster, Arent Schuyler, 1736 - 1822
De Weerdt, Esther Hurley [Mrs. Ole N.] 1892 - 1953
Dean, Robert W. 1923
Dearholt, Hoyt E. 1879 - 1939
Decker, Russell S. 1953
Decorah family
Decorah, Old, 1746?-1836, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, One-Eyed, 1772?-1864, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Spoon, 1730?-1816?, Ho-Chunk chief
Decorah, Waukon, 1780?-1868, Ho-Chunk chief
Deer, Ada, 1935 --
Deering, A.A. 1888
Deininger, David G. 1947
Deitz (Dietz), John F. 1861 - 1924
Dekoven, James 1831 - 1879
Delong, Delmar E. 1931
Delwiche, Edmond Joseph 1874 - 1950
Dempsey, Chester E. 1896
Dempsey, Edward Joseph 1878 - 1956
Densmore, James 1820 - 1889
Derenthal, Oderic Ignaz 1856 - 1934
Derleth, August, 1909 - 1971
Desmond, Humphrey Joseph 1858 - 1932
Dessert, Joseph 1819 - 1910
Deuster, Peter Victor 1831 - 1904
Devitt, James C. 1929
Dewey, Nelson 1813 - 1889
Dicke, Peter Henry 1822 - 1911
Dickson, Robert 1765 - 1823
Dieterich, William Herbert 1897
Dietrichson, Johannes Wilhelm Christian 1815 - 188
Dietz, Carl [Petrius?] 1875 - 1957
Dilweg, Gary T. 1937
Dingee, William W. 1831 - 1919
Dionesopulos, Frank G. 1935
Disciples of Christ in Wisconsin
Dixon, Luther Swift 1825 - 1891
Doar, William Thomas 1882 - 1952
Dobyns, John P. 1944
Dodd, John Morris 1866 - 1950
Dodge, Henry 1782 - 1867
Dodge, Joseph Thompson 1823 - 1904
Dodge, Joshua Eric 1854 - 1921
Doe, Joseph Bodwell 1855 - 1925
Doer, Clifford E. 1920
Doerfler, Christian 1862 - 1934
Doll, William De Berge 1897 - 1945
Domschke, Bernard ["Domschcke","Bernhard"] 1827 -
Donald, John Sweet 1869 - 1934
Donnelly, Davis A. 1927
Donoghue, Sheehan 1943
Donohue, Jerry Jr. 1885 - 1943
Doolittle, James Rood 1815 - 1897
Dorff, Eugene 1930
Dorman, Henry
Dorr, Clifford E. 1920
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Doud, Reuben G. 1830 - 1877
Doudna, Edgar George 1877 - 1948
Dousman, Hercules Louis 1800 - 1868
Dousman, John Barrickman 1807 - 1868
Downer, Jason 1813 - 1883
Doyle, Jessica Laird, 1945-
Doyle, Jim 1945
Draheim, William A. 1898
Draper, Lyman Copeland 1815 - 1891
Dreyfus, Lee Sherman 1926-2008
Drzewiecki, Gary F. 1954
Dubay [Dube), John Baptiste 1810 - 1887
Dubuque, Julien, 1762-1810
Ducharme, Dominique 1765 - 1853
Dudgeon, Matthew Simpson 1871 - 1949
Dueholm, Robert M. 1945
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Duffey, Thomas J. 1927
Dugdale, Robert Iliff 1868 - 1956
Duggar, Benjamin Minge 1872 - 1956
Duluth [Dulhut], Daniel Greysolon Sieur 1636 - 171
Dunn, Charles 1799 - 1872
Duren, Joanne M. 1931
Durkee, Charles 1805 - 1870
Durward, Bernard Isaac 1817 - 1902
Dutch in Wisconsin
Dutton, Brother Joseph 1843 - 1931
Dwinnell, Soloman Ashley 1812 - 1879
Dykstra, Clarence Addison 1883 - 1950

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