(c. 1841 - 1889)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
About 20 years old, he enlisted as Private, Company K, First Texas Infantry when they organized in San Augustine County, TX in mid-1861 and mustered into Confederate service with them near Richmond, VA on 11 October 1861. He was detailed as a sharpshooter on 29 April 1862.
On the Campaign
He was slightly wounded in the back in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and was promoted to 2nd Sergeant that date.
The rest of the War
He was wounded at Chickamauga, GA on 19 September 1862 and discharged for disability on 10 July 1864.
After the War
He was a farmer in Sabine County, TX.
References & notes
Service information from Davis,1 who has him as J. M. Ruddle, and Simpson.2 Sharpsburg wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. Personal details from family genealogists and US Census information. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Elizabeth Francis Gragston (1840-1919) in 1867 in San Augustine, TX, and they had 8 children together.
c. 1841 in TX
01/07/1889; Falls County, TX; burial in Powers Chapel Cemetery, Rosebud, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pg. 143 [AotW citation 1558]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 76 [AotW citation 21027]