Rawlings, Washington

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, November 23, 1917
Washington Rawlings, a prominent resident of Clackamas county, a member of Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., and Civil War veteran, died at the family home at Meldrum, Monday evening at 5 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks. The funeral service will be conducted at his late home this afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. Smith, pastor of the Congregational church, of Jennings Lodge, officiating. The services are being arranged by the Holman Undertaking parlors of this city. The interment will be in the family plot in Mountain View cemetery and the remains laid beside those of his wife, who died 15 months ago today.
Mr. Rawlings was born July 8, 1833, and when a young man moved to Clinton county, Iowa, where he married Miss Nancy Jane Butler, January 16, 1863. On August 2, 1862 he answered his country’s call and enlisted in Company F, Twenty-Third Iowa Infantry. He was at the siege of Vicksburg, and was in other engagements. It was while fighting in the Battle of Zlack River, May 17, 1863, when Captain Rawlings captured the Confederate flag from the Sixty-first Tennessee Infantry. During the administration of President Cleveland, a request was made for these flags, but Captain Rawlings stated that β€œhe fought like the devil to get the flag, and that anyone would have to fight like the devil to get it away.” The object of securing this flag was to turn them into the capitols of the different confederate states to show how anxious the north was to bury the hatchet with the south. The flag was still in the possession of Mr Rawlings at the time of his death. He had always stated that if the party from whom he captured the flag would come forth, he would gladly hand it over to the owner.
Captain Rawlings, at the close of the war, resided in Iowa for a brief time, and later came westward, settled in Sheridan, Wyoming, remaining there for several years, and then moved to Medford, Oregon, where he made his home with his family for about fifteen years. He returned to Wyoming to make his home, but only remained there for a few years, when he returned to Oregon, settling in Portland. After residing in that city for about three years, he moved to Meldrum, Clackamas County, where he remained until his death. He was well-known throughout Clackamas county, and had made many friends here.
Mr. Rawlings is survived by the following children: L. T. Rawlings, of Sheridan, Wyoming; Mrs. J. E. Fox, of Central Point, Oregon; Mrs. Ella Ends, who has made her home with him for several years at Meldrum. He also leaves six grandchildren, Charles of Wyoming; Ferd and Florence Rawlings, of Clarinda, Iowa; Geraldine Fox, of Central Point; Elva Eads of Meldrum; three great-grandchildren, Hazel, Francis and Byron B. Rawlings, of Sheridan, Wyoming.

Oregon Death Index:
Name: Washington Rawlins
Death Date: 19 Nov 1917
Death Place: Clackamas
Certificate: 305


Name: Washington Rawlings
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Iowa
Regiment: 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry
Company: F
Rank In: First Lieutenant
Rank Out: Captain
Film Number: M541 roll 22

Name: Washington Rawlings
Residence: Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 27
Enlistment Date: 2 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 1st Lieutenant
State Served: Iowa
Was Wounded?: Yes
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company F, Iowa 23rd Infantry Regiment on 19 Sep 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 16 Jun 1863. Mustered out on 12 Nov 1863.
Birth Date: abt 1835
Death Date: 19 Nov 1917
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion, Research by Harold Slavik


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