Capt Rufus R Dawes, CO K, 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Posted: January 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

Eric Schlehlein, Author

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Capt Rufus R Dawes, CO K, 6th Wisconsin Volunteers

Mr. Dawes is quite a remarkable man. Forever cemented in the histories of the Iron Brigade, the affections of Mauston, WI natives, the leadership of the 6th Wisconsin, and the spirit of the “Lemonweir Minutemen,” Dawes wasn’t even a Badger by birth.

Like everyone else in early 1861, Dawes got swept up in the excitement of Lincoln’s call for Volunteers. Dawes, who happened to be in Mauston, Wisconsin with his father on extended business at the time of the firing on Fort Sumter, chose to raise a company of volunteers right there, rather than return to his home town of Marietta, Ohio to do so.

In a letter to his sister dated May 4, 1861, Dawes writes: “I have been so wholly engrossed with my work for the last week or I should have responded sooner to your question: ‘Are…

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  1. chris jensen says:

    Thanks for dropping by to have a read..

    Tuned into history, those whom went before us,

    so that we may have our lifestyles…

    Great post!

    chris

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