Behind all descriptions of historical events are the stories of real people. This is the extraordinary true story of a citizen soldier and the girl he loves, as both become embroiled in the cauldron of our nation’s Civil War.
Rufus R Dawes will emerge from a troubled family background to become an officer in a famous unit thrust into horrific battles in the eastern theater. But before those stirring war scenes, there is the early life of a proud and intelligent descendant of leading Revolutionary War figures, ancestors who helped form the United States, the Northwest Territory, and the state of Ohio.
Indiana native Steve Magnusen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He served as a registered professional municipal engineer and public works director for Winnetka and Libertyville, Illinois, the latter for twenty-eight years. Steve later joined an engineering consulting firm, assisting many suburban Chicago communities, prior to relocating to Indianapolis.
This book attempts to relate and recreate the experiences of two young individuals who became embroiled in the cauldron of our nation’s Civil War, a conflict that would overwhelm the nation for four destructive years and consume hundreds of thousands of lives. This is a war story. It is a love story.
The narrative is presented as part biography, part history, and part historical fiction. Biography because the characters have a noteworthy background and their remarkable life stories are worth telling. History because the various events described within are accurate and did happen, and the people involved, with very few exceptions, were real-life individuals. Historical fiction because many of the conversations and some situations have been created, but are, I believe, reasonable depictions based on my research of the people and events.