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R. H. Rush
R. H. Rush

Federal (USV)


Richard Henry Rush

Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division


Before the Antietam Campaign:
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, Sources, and other 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.

Birth State: England    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1846    Class Rank: 26
Death Date: 10/17/1893    

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