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R.W. Wharton

R.W. Wharton

Confederate (CSV)


Rufus Watson Wharton

(1827 - 1915)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: Davidson College, Class of 1849

Command Billet: Battalion Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st North Carolina Battalion Sharpshooters

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the 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 rest 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 & 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.


02/10/1827 in NC


11/15/1915; 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]