Edward N. “Ned” Dawes

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Edward N. “Ned” Dawes

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 30 Jul 1895
  • Burial Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming, USA
  • Memorial ID 9301945

PEACE OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, Evanston City Marshal Edward N. Dawes July 30, 1895. Dawes served in the Civil War with the 38th Ohio Infantry and fought with General William T. Sherman on his march to Atlanta. Dawes was a Marshall in Evanston, Wyoming, where he commanded the local post of the Grand Army of the Repulic, the same group that asked Congress to set aside one day a year to honor the deceased men who fought in the Civil War. Four lawmen positioned themselves at Wahsatch, about five miles west of the Utah/Wyoming border to try and catch Coughlin and George. On the evening of July 29 the men, sheriff's deputies Robert Calverly and William Taylor, and Echo City marshal Thomas Stagg and former Evanston City marshal Edward Dawes, learned that the boys had been seen in the cabin on Duck Creek, they headed that way arriving on July 30, the posse took up positions and waited for daylight. Dawes positioned himself behind a post in direct line with one of the cabin's windows, and Stagg in a slight depression in the ground. The next morning the shootout began. Stagg received a mortal wound almost immediately, as a bullet struck him in the jaw and passed through the back of his neck, severing his jugular vein. Coughlin apparently climbed out a window and outflanked Dawes, shooting him in the side. The bullet passed through both lungs, and Dawes was left wounded, in an exposed position. After the posse retreated, the two outlaws approached Dawes, who was apparently still alive. Coughlin claimed to have given the Evanston lawman some water and attempted to make him more comfortable. They then took off before the posse could return. When Calverly and Taylor returned with help, they found Dawes and Stagg both dead. Dawes' name was engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13, 2009 during the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil in Washington D.C. as part of National Police Week.


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Gravesite Details My records show he died in Wasatch County, Utah, others disagree.

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  • Created by: Debbie
  • Added: 10 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9301945
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward N. “Ned” Dawes (unknown–30 Jul 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9301945, citing Evanston City Cemetery, Evanston, Uinta County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Debbie (contributor 46570228) .