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R. Choate, Jr.
R. Choate, Jr.

Federal (USV)


Rufus Choate, Jr.

(1834 - 1866)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He studied law and was admitted to the Bar in May 1858. He first practiced in his father's firm in Boston, then his own firm from 1859. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry on 28 May 1861. Promoted First Lieutenant on 13 December and Captain on 17 August 1862.

The remainder of the War:
Resigned for illness (neuralgia) on 31 October 1862.

After the War:
Died of illness 25 January 1866 in Dorcester.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Quint1. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2. He posted a bond for $200 to the Harvard Law School "due if expenses for attendance at the Harvard Law School are left unpaid" in September 1855, but apparently did not actually attend (citation from WorldCat).

Birth Date: 05/14/1834    Place of Birth: Salem, MA    
College: Amherst College    Graduating Year: 1855    
Death Date: 01/25/1866    Death Place: Dorceter, MA    Burial Place: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA


1   Quint, Alonzo Hall, The Record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry: 1861-1865, Boston: James P. Walker, 1867, pp. 490 - 506  [AotW citation 14491]

2   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: Vol. 93, pg. 4755  [AotW citation 14502]

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