Iowa: Its History and Its Foremost Citizens
Revised, Home and School Edition by Brigham Johnson.
2 Vols. Des Moines,
IA: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1918.
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Tamara Jorstad.
McEntyre Dye Soldier of Furtune
Born in Washington, Pa., January 26, 1831,
William McEntyre Dye at eighteen chose the career of a soldier. Graduating from
the Military Academy in 1853, he first served in the Eighth Infantry on frontier
and garrison duty. In 1856 he was promoted to first lieutenant and in 1861 to
captain. After rendering service as a mustering officer, on the 20th
of August, 1862, he accepted the colonelcy of the Twentieth Iowa Infantry. He
served in Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi, and led a brigade in the Red River
Valley in 1864. He commanded a brigade at Mobile Bay in September, 1964, and,
after taking part in several expeditions, in 1865 became acting assistant
provost-marshal of Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Dakota. He was brevetted
brigadier-general of volunteers March 13, 1865. He returned to the regular army
and served until September 30, 1870, when he resigned. In 1873 he entered the
Egyptian service, and while serving as assistant chief of staff in the
Abyssinian campaign was wounded. In 1879 he returned to America and in 1883
became chief of police of the District of Columbia. Later he became chief of the
special examination division in the pension office. In 1880 he wrote a book
entitled "Moslem Egypt and Christian Abysinia." He died in Muskegon,
Michigan, in 1899, aged sixty-eight years.