(1843 - 1904)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
A farmer with his father on a plantation near Winnsboro, Fairfield District, he enlisted as Private, Company F, 12th South Carolina Infantry, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He also had service in McGowan's Brigade Sharpshooter Battalion after March 1864.
After the War
In 1870 he was running the family plantation in Fairfield County and he was Sheriff there from 1875-79. In 1897 he moved to a new farm near Columbia, SC and left a son to manage the plantation.
References & notes
His service from the Rolls,1 as S.W. Ruff. The second S.W. (Wesley) Ruff on the Roll died at home of disease during the war. His service in the Battalion from William S. Dunlop's Lee's Sharpshooters (1899). Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860 - 1900, the Fairfield News and Herald of 20 January 1897. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Mary Virginia Rabb (1845-1912) in October 1866 and they had 7 children.
02/01/1843; Jenkinsville, SC
08/29/1904; Columbia, SC; burial in Mill Creek UMC Cemetery, Columbia, SC