War Between the States

War Date Document Signed as Judge Advocate of the Department of the Missouri

Also served as U.S. Congressman from Indiana

(1814-87) Born in Hanover, Indiana, he graduated from Indiana College in 1832, and from Yale in 1835. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837, and commenced a law practice. He served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1848, and was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850. Dunn served as a U.S. Congressman, from 1859-63, and was Chairman of the Committee on Patents. In addition to his congressional duties, he served as a volunteer aide to General George B. McClellan, from June to August 1861, during the western Virginia campaign. He accepted a military commission from Governor Morton in 1863, and was commissioned Major & Judge Advocate, of the Department of the Missouri. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Judge Advocate General, U.S.A., on June 22, 1864. He was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, March 13, 1865, for faithful, meritorious and distinguished services during the war. After the war, Dunn remained in the Regular U.S. Army, and was promoted to Brigadier General and Judge Advocate General, December 1, 1875. He retired on January 22, 1881.

War Date Document Signed: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet.

Head Quarters, Department of the Missouri,
Judge Advocate’s Office
St. Louis, Mo., December 12th, 1863


The proceedings of General Courts Martial published in your General Orders No. 19, have been received.

I have to request that you forward to these Head Quarters, seventeen (17) copies of said order, in addition to those already sent.

When proceedings are transmitted through these Head Quarters for file, one copy of the General Orders publishing such proceedings should accompany the record of each case published in such order, also two additional copies for file at these Hd. Qtrs.

Your attention is respectfully called to page 31 of Dunn on Military Commissions, a treatise lately issued from this office.

By command of Major Genl. Schofield
W.M. Dunn
Maj. & Judge Adv.

[to] Brig. Genl. Thomas Ewing
Comdg. Dist. Of the Border

Endorsement on the reverse: Head Qrs. Dist. Of the Border, Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 17/63. Respectfully referred to Lieut. R.J. Lewis, District Judge Advocate, for his information. Seventeen copies of Gen. Orders, No. 19, of this District have been sent as within requested. By order of Brig. Genl. Ewing. J.W. Hadley, Lieut. and A.A.A.G.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Uncommon Missouri imprint.

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