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A. Dawes

A. Dawes

Federal (USV)


Ambrose Dawes

(1843 - 1912)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was 16 years old and lived with his parents and brothers in Melrose, MA; his father George Minot Dawes (1802-1871) was US court crier. He was a 19 year old clerk living in Melrose when he enlisted as Private in Company A, 13th Massachusetts Infantry on 7 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was back with his Company in October 1862 and mustered out of service with them on 1 August 1864.

After the War

He was a wholesale grocery salesman in Boston then accountant in a wholesale millinery company in New York City for 29 years. He retired to Dorchester, MA and lived there for 16 years, then at the Canterbury Hotel in Boston to his death in 1912.

References & notes

His service from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and a bio sketch in Cutter's Memorial Encyclopedia of the State of Massachusetts (1917), source also of a late-life photograph. His picture from a photograph offered for sale on eBay in January 2015, thanks to a pointer from an anonymous email source.

He married Martha Shaw in October 1876 and they had 2 children.


09/19/1843; Quincy, MA


04/12/1912; Boston, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. II, pp. 72 - 130  [AotW citation 2889]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29165]