Rufus is twenty four years old today. God bless and keep him.
George finished harvesting the wheat. Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Bailey and the children came down and took tea with us under the trees in the garden after which Lizzie played and sang some patriotic songs, when Mr. Bailey let off some rockets and other fire works much to the amusement of the children.
Julia's nephew, Rufus R. Dawes, was a Major in the 6th Wisconsin with the Army of the Potomac under General Pope. At this time, he was camped near Fredericksburg, Maryland. On July 10 he wrote:
I am not near Richmond, nor likely to be. General Pope is charged with the same old duty of guarding Washington. So unless the rebels move on Washington, our future presents a peaceful aspect.
Rufus, who mustered into service May 2, 1861, had only been engaged in minor skirmishes up to this point. In late August 1862, however, his "peaceful aspect" would end and he would participate in many fierce battles.
|Rufus R. Dawes, 1862|