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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