Saturday, January 18, 2014

Monday, Jan. 18, 1864

Warm, the snow is rapidly disappearing, the water stands over the ground.  I went with little Sarah to W. D. Baileys for a call.  William started to Chillicothe and tomorrow goes to Cincinnati.  The new line from Loveland to the city is to be let to contractors this week.
Kate came home on the evening train, the only lady & drunken soldiers aboard -- very disagreeable.  Lt. Col. R. R. Dawes and Miss Mary B. Gates were married this morning by Rev. T. Wickes at the house of Mr. B. Gates and started to Wisconsin immediately after breakfast by the way of Cincinnati and Chicago.  Ephe returned from Cincinnati Saturday and was at the wedding & goes with them to the city today.  Ephe’s Regiment the 53d are every day expected home having enlisted as veterans.        Mr. Carlin was here to dinner, his only living son, James, who was wounded in the bowels at the battle of Chattanooga, has had the ball extracted -- he is still in hospital, but hopes before many weeks to be able to be moved North.

Peggy’s comments:
The marriage of Rufus Dawes and Mary Beman Gates took place early Monday morning as it was unseemly to be married on the Sabbath.  They immediately left Marietta on the train for the west to join Rufus’s regiment in Milwaukee.

Rufus R. Dawes
Mary Beman Gates Dawes

Rufus writes:

A heavy snow storm set in which delayed our progress.  We were all day getting from Cincinnati to Hamilton, Ohio, twenty four miles.  A day was consumed going from Hamilton to Valparaiso, Indiana.  At this point we found a strike of locomotive engineers on the Pittsburg, Ft. Wayne & Chicago R. R,, and we took a sleigh and drove across the country twelve miles to the Michigan Central Railroad, where we boarded a freight train and arrived in Chicago on Thursday evening, in triumph in the caboose.  Of course under such circumstances, the trip was in every respect delightful.

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