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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Ten.)

Arthur M. Rutledge

(Ap'd Ten.)


Arthur Middleton Rutledge: Born Apr. 1, 1817.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837‑38.

Resigned, Aug. 31, 1838.

Civil History. — Planter, near Nashville, Ten., 1838‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Unknown. Nothing authentic having been received.

Died, June 17, 1876, at Savannah,​b Ten.: Aged 59.

Buried, Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, TN.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. In the Nashville Cemetery site linked above, among other interesting information presumably taken from a contemporaneous obituary, Arthur Rutledge is referred to as "Major" and he is said to have served as Captain of the First Tennessee (Confederate) Artillery.

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b In the Nashville Cemetery site linked above, he is said to have died at Sewanee, TN: a place with a similar name, but 150 miles distant. That this is probably the case, and that Cullum is mistaken, is made very likely by the details given by Mabel L. Webber in "Dr. John Rutledge and his Descendants" (The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 31 No. 2 p97), from which I supplied his birthdate above. Arthur Rutledge was the grandson of Edward Rutledge thru his father, and of Arthur Middleton thru his mother — both grandfathers being signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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