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Civil War Soldiers - Dewey

Dewey, Joel A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Georgia, Vt., Sept. 20, 1840, and was a student at Oberlin college in 1861, when he received a commission as 1st lieutenant. He left college to join the Union army, served in the army of Gen. John Pope, and afterwards with Gen. Sherman, was promoted captain and served on the staff of Gen. Rosecrans. In 1863 he was promoted colonel and commanded the 111th colored regiment. He led a brigade in the operations in Alabama, was captured at Athens, Ala., while engaging Forrest's cavalry, and, after his exchange, served in Tennessee and Alabama until the close of the war. He received his commission as brigadier-general of volunteers, Dec. 13, 1865, declined an appointment as captain in the regular army, and was mustered out of the volunteer service Jan. 31, 1866. He then studied law in the Albany (N. Y.) law school, was graduated in 1867 and removed to Dandridge, Tenn., where he practised law. He was attorney-general of Tennessee from 1869 to 1873. He died in Knoxville, Tenn., June 17, 1873.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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