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Rufus R. Dawes (1838-1899) was just 23 years old when the Civil War broke out. He became a captain in the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, one of the regiments forming the "Iron Brigade" of the Union Army of the Potomac. First published in 1890, this work records his regiment’s routine and operational actions, including Second Bull Run, Gettysburg, and Petersburg. Dawes also recorded details about daily camp life and individual soldiers.  

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  • 26-03-2021

Outstanding first hand account.

Excellent from a true hero in many ways. The narrator put me there along with the Iron Brigade!

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  • K. Subra
  • 03-03-2021

Good Variation

This was a personal account based on letters the author wrote or received. The work presents a unique perspective of one person's view as opposed to an overall general approach. I found that it brought small details to light, from battle deaths to frustrations experienced. It is even more interesting, having relatives who fought with Wisconsin units.

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  • Charles
  • 05-12-2020

Just get it.

Don’t know how I was able to overlook this for so long; it’s one of the best Civil War memoirs I’ve read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-2020

best understanding of the course of the Civil War

Many times I have been confused and befuddled trying to follow the course of events of the Civil War. This account, first person, made the course of the conflict understandable in a way I have never had before. I highly recommend it.

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  • Springfield Liz
  • 01-08-2020

Very Rare perspective of junior officer who lived through 4 yrs

Dawes provides a very unique perspective of a young wide-eyed junior officer who enlists in a key regiment of what will be known as one of the most aggressive units in the entire union army—The Iron Brigade. They were proud of their reputation of being the point of the spear—1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Corps, Army of Potomac. They fought and held their ground like their confederate colleagues, earning their reputation for which they paid the price. Through his daily words you hear his evolution into a rugged commander who fought side by side his friends and truly lived to see it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2020

IRON BRIGADE FANS!

this is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. It is a must-have in any iron Brigade researchers Library...Dawes and the 6th WI ...as part of the famous iron brigade... fight in almost every major battle of the A of the P. his first-hand, on the spot, accounts of such things as the cornfield in Antietam, the railroad cut at Gettysburg, watching the Louisiana's charge East Cemetery Hill while shooting at them, digging entrenchments on culp's Hill ,the mine Explosion at Petersburg , I could go on and on...he was there.

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  • 31-03-2020

Excellent account of life in the Army of The Potomac

This is Rufus Dawes’ primary account of his experience. I’ve read many diaries and regimental histories and this is a good one. It is amazing Dawes survived the war. Highly recommend it if you’re interested Civil War and Iron Brigade history written in a personal format.

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