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R.W. Wharton
R.W. Wharton

Confederate (CSV)


Rufus Watson Wharton

(1827 - 1915)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Battalion Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st North Carolina Battalion Sharpshooters


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Greesboro, he had practiced law in Salem from 1850 until the advent of War in 1861. In that year he was Captain, Company E, 11th North Carolina Infantry until appointed Major of the new 1st Battalion in April 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
It is not clear if he was present and/or in command of the Battalion at Sharpsburg. They were considered to be fighting as part of the 21st Infantry.

The remainder of the War:
He continued in command of the Battalion until appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the newly formed 67th North Carolina Infantry in 1864. The 67th served entirely in North Carolina until disbanded after the surrender of the ANV in April 1865.

After the War:
He farmed cotton at Washington, North Carolina, and was active in the governance of Davidson College, from 1865 until his death.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical and service data from Davidson Alumni1. The photo here is from Clark2 - also the location of an essay on the 67th Regiment by Wharton.

Birth Date: 02/10/1827    Birth State: NC    
College: Davidson College    Graduating Year: 1849    
Death Date: 11/15/1915    Death Place: Washington, NC    


1   Image of his record in this document is online from Davidson.
Davidson College Alumni Assoc., and W. A. Withers ('83), editor, The Semi-Centennial Catalogue of Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1837-1887, Raleigh: E. M. Uzzell. Steam Printer and Binder, 1891, pg. 91  [AotW citation 246]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 3, opposite pg. 703  [AotW citation 1034]

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