George Benton Dausman letters
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On March 12, Amanda Dausman wrote to “Mr. and Mrs. Bickel, Dear Brother and Sister” to tell them that George died. Mrs. Mary E. Bickel was their sister who lived in Elkhart.
The third letter is by Captain William McGinnis, who wrote to Amanda at her request for information about her brother’s death. He tells about George being “taken with diarrhea and could not get it checked until he became much reduced and nearly lost the use of his legs and arms.” The captain told about burying George near Murfreesborough on the Wood-Berry Pike where hundreds of other soldiers are buried.
In 1934, Kate Milner Rabb reprinted George Dausman’s letters in her column “A Hoosier Listening Post” from August 13 to October 11 in the Indianapolis Star. These eight newspaper clippings are enclosed in an envelope and have also been photocopied. Ms. Rabb writes that the letters were provided by Miss Ina Dausman, daughter of the late Judge Ethan A. Dausman.
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George Dausman served in Company H, 75th Indiana Volunteer Regiment. He died on February 28, 1863 of diarrhea, and is buried in the National Cemetery at Murfreesborough, Tennessee, in section J, grave number 3715.
The folder contains copies of the same letters which are in the bound volume. On the title page of the bound volume, it states: “The following letters were copied from the originals on August 1913 (signed) E. A. Dausman.”
Judge Ethan Allen Dausman was born in 1861 to Jacob and Sarah Dausman. He married Mary Alice Stauffer in August 1884, and was a representative, senator, and judge. Ethan Allen and Mary had three children: Gertrude (b. 1885); Guy Winfred (b. 1887), and Ina Marie (b. 1889).
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