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DEWEY, Joel Allen, soldier, born in Georgia, Franklin County, Vermont, 20 September, 1840; died in Knoxville, Tennessee, 17 June, 1873. He entered Oberlin in 1858, but left in 1861 to enter the National army, and served as 1st lieutenant and captain of Ohio volunteers under General John Pope in the west, and then with General William T. Sherman. He was at one time on the staff of General William S. Rosecrans. He became colonel of the 111th United States colored regiment in 1863, and led a brigade near Huntsville. He was captured near Athens, Alabama, in September, 1864, after a day's severe engagement with General Forrest's cavalry. After his liberation in November he served in Tennessee and northern Alabama till the close of the war. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers on 13 December, 1865, and was mustered out, 31 January, 1866, after declining a captain's commission in the regular army. General Dewey then entered the law-school at Albany, New York, where he was graduated in 1867, and practised in Dandridge, Tennessee In 1869 he was elected attorney-general of the state, which office he held till his death.
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