Julia's nephew, Rufus Dawes, who had been in service for over a year, was about to participate in many battles. He writes in Service with the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers:
On the early morning of August 10th we left the old camp opposite Fredericksburgh, never to return. The regiment marched twenty-one miles that day and on the eveing of the 11th arrived near the scene of Cedar Mountain battle. General Jackson's army had retreated beyond the Rapidan.