(c. 1844 - 1863)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
He mustered in New Orleans as Private in Company B, First Texas Infantry on 16 May 1861.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the chest in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was killed at Chickamauga, GA on 20 September 1863.
References & notes
Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2 Wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. Personal information from family genealogists, at least of 2 of whom note his birth about 1844 per the 1850 US Census for Polk County. His memorial in Old City Cemetery, Livingston, TX is on Findagrave, and has his birth year as 1842. His sister Zelda was born in December of that year. Rufus was the 12th of 13 children of (Maria) Ursula/Ursala Cook and (William) Moses Livingston Choate, founder of Livingston, TX.
c. 1844; Polk County, TX
09/20/1863; Chickamauga, GA
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 [AotW citation 1435]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 22 [AotW citation 20861]