Joel Allen Dewey
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Born: September 20, 1840(1840-09-20)
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Died: June 17, 1873 (aged 32)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Joel Allen Dewey (September 20, 1840 – June 17, 1873) was a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and a lawyer.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Dewey was born in Georgia, Vermont, the son of Horace and Harriet (Peck) Dewey. He entered Oberlin College in 1858, but withdrew in October 1861 when he accepted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 58th Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to captain and served in the 43rd Ohio Infantry. Dewey was engaged at New Madrid, Iuka, Corinth, and on garrison duty in Tennessee.

He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 111th U.S. Colored Infantry. He led a brigade in operations in Alabama, and was captured by Nathan Forrest's cavalry near Athens, Georgia. After he was exchanged, he served in Alabama and Tennessee for the remainder of the war. He was promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers on December 13, 1865, at the young age of 25. He resigned from the volunteer service on January 1, 1866, having declined a captaincy in the Regular Army.

After the war, he studied law at the Albany, New York, Law School, graduating in 1867, and moved to Dandridge, Tennessee, where he practiced law. He was Attorney General of Tennessee from 1869 until his death in 1873, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is buried in Dandridge, Tennessee.

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Johnson, Rossiter, ed., Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Boston, Massachusetts: The Biographical Society, 1904.

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