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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

The University during the war,   pp. 153-160

Page 158

8Wisconsin-Al-umni Magazine.
quaintance with -most of them, I should estimate. the number of
officers as nearly if not quite one-half of the entire number. I
recall none who attained the rank -of general officers, though
two of the number, La Grange and Fallows, were brevetted
brigadiers for meritorious services. Of field officers, the list
includes a goodly number. Among them were Dawes, who
served with distinction in command of the Sixth infantry,
which formed a part of the Iron Brigade in the army of the
Potomac; the gallant La Grange, who entered the service
as a captain .in the 4th infantry, and was subsequently pro-
moted to major and colonel of the Ist cavalry, and who
achieved a reputation as a daring and skillful cavalry com-
mander, second to that of no officer of like rank in the army;
Fallows, of the class of '59, who entered the service as chap-
lain of the 32d infantry, and subsequently served as lieutenant
colonel of the 40th, and colonel of the 49th; Vilas, of the class
of '58, who served successively as captain, major and lieutenant
colonel in the 23d infantry; Bull, who left the class of '64 as.
one of the original eight, serving as a private in the Ist infan-
try, subsequently as lieutenant in the iith, captain in the 23d,
and as lieutenant colonel in the 5th; Larkin, -who served as
major of the 38th infantry; Hubbell, of '68, a major in the Ist
heavy artillery, and Warner, colonel of the 36th infantry, whose
armless sleeve attests his gallant service in the army of the Po-
  But the favorite rank seemed that of captain, and I recall at
least thirteen who served in that capacity, besides several who
were promoted from that to a higher rank. Two classes, '6I
and '64, were especially prolific in captains, each contributing
five of their number. Indeed, the class of '6I may justly claim
the palm for patriotism, if the numbers enlisted be the test.
Graduating nine members, six of the number entered service,
most of them serving during the entire war. Of the six, five
were, captains, as already noted. They were: Hall, of the 5th
infantry; Gillett, of the 2oth; .Henry Vilas, of the 23d; Ball, of
the 31st; and Leahy, a lieutenant in the 34th, and captain in
the 35th.

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