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Confederate (CSV)


Silas Walter Ruff

(1843 - 1904)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company F, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24381]