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Capt. Francis Warrington Dawson
When was he wounded? MARCH 31, 1865

Dawson, Francis W.
March 21 [sic] , 1865. Battle of Dinwiddie Court House,
Capt. Dawson, Chief of Ord., Fitz Lee’s Cav. Corps, A. N. Va.
severely wounded (Vol. 46-1, p. 1299) ———— [OR]

Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers, and Nonregimental Enlisted Men Card # 16


No. 277. Report of Major General Fitzhugh Lee, C. S. Army, commanding Cavalry Corps.
RICHMOND, VA., April 22, 1865.

……On the 31st of March, Pickett coming up with five small brigades of infantry, we attacked the very large force of the enemy's cavalry in our front at Five Forks, killed and wounded many, captured over 100 prisoners, and drove them to within half a mile of Dinwiddie Court-House. Munford, in command of my old division, held our lines in front of the enemy's position, whilst the remaining two divisions of cavalry, preceding the infantry, moved by a concealed wooded road to turn and attack their flank. A short stream, strongly defended at its crossing, presented an unexpected obstacle to the sudden attack contemplated. It was finally carried, however, with loss in W. H. F. Lee's and Rosser's divisions. Munford, attacking about the same time, also successfully carried the temporary works thrown up in his front, and by a gallant advance again united his command with the other divisions. Darkness put an end to our farther advance. Amongst the wounded were numbered Major-General Rosser, slightly, Captain Dawson, my very efficient and gallant chief of ordnance, severely, and Lieutenant-Colonel Feild, Third Virginia Cavalry; Lieutenant Croxton, Fourth Virginia, was killed, and a number of others whose names I have not been able to obtain. . . . .

Major-General, Commanding Cavalry.

The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Civil War Vol. 46-1, p. 1299 (Ser. 95}


[p. 142] Early in the morning of March 31, our line was formed at Five Forks , , , , Later in the morning the enemy, supported by infantry, attached us in force . . . [p. 143] Towards evening a desperate charge was made by W. H. F. Lee’s Division, in which we lost heavily. . . . . the bough which I had stooped to escape was struck sharply by a rifle ball. . . . [p. 144] But only two or three minutes afterward i was shot squarely in the arm, near the shoulder, and put hors de combat.

Reminiscences of Confederate service, 1861-1865.

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