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R. H. Rush

R. H. Rush

Federal (USV)


Richard Henry Rush

(? - 1893)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1846;Class Rank: 26

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division

Before Antietam

Service summary:
Brevet 2nd Lt, 2nd US Artillery 1 July 1846;
2nd Lt 3 Mar 1847;
1st Lt 6 Dec 1847;
Resigned 1 July 1854;
Colonel 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry 27 July 1861;
Resigned 1 July 1864.

In September 1861 (PA) Gov. Curtin authorized him to raise a cavalry regiment, which would become known as either the 70th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers or the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Rush was mustered into the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1861, for a term of three years.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903. The photograph is from the USAMHI Collection (#RG98S-CWP59.92).
Rush was also a grandson of Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia, a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the son of the United States minister to England's Court of St. James.

More on the Web

See also the 6th PA "Rush's Lancers" site for well annotated research about Col Rush and his Lancers.


Date not known in England