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1863 December 28: Rufus R. Dawes Affidavit Supporting A. D. Andrews

December 28, 2013

The original letter is in the A. D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Head Quarters 6th Wis. Vols. Culpeper C. H. Dec 28th/63.

I certify on honor that I was in command of the 6th Reg’t of Wis. Vol’s during the engagements near Gettysburg Pa. on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd days of July 1863.  On the morning of the 1st of July in the march from Emmittsburg [sic] Md. toward Gettysburg Asst Surgeon A. D. Andrews was at his place in the column on duty with the Regiment.  When, on that morning, the Regiment, most unexpectedly, moved forward to engage the Enemy Surgeon Ward, Medical Director of the Division, as authorized by Gen. Orders, directed Asst Surgeon Andrews to fall out of the column and report to him for instructions during the action.

I saw no more of Asst Surgeon Andrews until the morning of July 4th, but have abundant information that he was faithfully and fearlessly on duty, under instructions from his Medical Director, during the battles of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.  On the morning of July 4th Asst Surgeon Andrews came to the Reg’t to all appearances quite unwell, and worn out with the arduous service of the three days battle.  I understood him to be on duty at a Hospital in Gettysburg, and gave directions that his horse be sent there.  I gave him no instructions to remain with the Regiment as the enemy were still confronting us and I considered him under orders from the Medical Director.

The Regiment marched in pursuit of the enemy on the 5th of July, Asst Surgeon Andrews remaining at Gettysburg as I supposed under orders from the Medical Dept.  No official information of each district having reached the Reg’t, after ample time had been allowed, Asst Surgeon Andrews was returned as “absent without leave” from July 4th until continued to be so reported until August 5th when when [sic] news received of him of absence from proper authority on certificate of disability.

Dr. Andrews participated with his Regiment, in his line of duty, in the battles of Gainsville, Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Fitz Hugh’s Crossing and Gettysburg.  He is a skilled surgeon and always a faithful and efficient officer.  That he considered himself lawfully and properly on duty at Gettysburg from July 4th until ordered by the Medical Director of the Corps (Dr. Hurd) on or about July 25th to return to his Reg’t, I have not a doubt.

Rufus R. Dawes
. . . . . . . .Lt Col. 6th Wis. Vol’s

Affidavit from R.R. Dawes, December 28, 1863, from the A.D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Affidavit from R.R. Dawes, December 28, 1863, from the A.D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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