When: February 8th
Where: La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230
Speaker: Scott Britton; Executive Director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta Ohio.
Topic: General Rufus R. Dawes: Ohio’s Hero of the Iron Brigade
General Rufus R. Dawes lived all but a few years of his life in the Marietta, Ohio area. However, the outbreak of the Civil War found him in Wisconsin where he immediately raised a company of men to defend the Union. By the end of his 3 years of service, this extraordinary young man had miraculously survived some of the war’s most savage fighting (Antietam, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, etc.) while leading the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, a unit in the famed “Iron Brigade.” Hear the stories of his famous ancestry that greatly influenced his patriotism and abolitionist fervor, his upbringing in a broken home, his participation in twenty battles and several other historic events, and his enduring legacy from which we can all take great inspiration.
Scott Britton has been the Executive Director of The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta since 2010. That museum was the one-time home of three Civil War veterans. His interest in the American Civil War began in fifth grade and has continued to grow ever since. Mr. Britton received a Fuel Science degree from Penn State University in 1991 and worked in the pollution monitoring business in Pennsylvania and Kentucky until late 2000, when he returned home to Marietta. He immediately became involved in local historical research and active in many community organizations. Scott is a Past President of the Washington County Historical Society, Past Commander of the Gen. Benjamin D. Fearing Camp #2 Sons of Union Veterans of Marietta, has been co-Chair of the Buffington Island Memorial Service for several years, and is currently the Historian for the Marietta Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Britton co-founded the Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley in 2010 and has been a tour guide for their popular battlefield bus trips, relating stories of local Southeast Ohio veterans through diaries, letters, and reports at the exact location on the battlefield. Scott conducts walking tours of Marietta’s historic cemeteries, including the famous Mound Cemetery, and serves as a Historian at First Congregational Church-also known as “The Church of the Pioneers.” Scott delights in sharing interesting stories about local Civil War veterans who participated in unique events that changed the course of our local, state, and national history so we can better appreciate the heroism and sacrifice of those who came before us.