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Confederate (CSV)


John Martin Rushton

(1837 - 1889)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: Medical College of Georgia,
Medical College of Virginia, Class of 1865

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

The 2nd son of a wealthy plantation owner at Lott's, Edgefield District, he was a student at the Medical College in Augusta, GA in 1860 and 1861, then returned home and enlisted as Private, Company G, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 4 June 1861. He reenlisted in Company M on 11 February 1862 as 5th Sergeant.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to his right shoulder in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was furloughed home in October 1862. By the beginning of 1864 he had been certified as disabled, with "anchylosis" - stiffening or fusion of the joint - of his shoulder, had received an exemption from active service, and was teaching school in Edgefield. He applied for admission to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in October 1864, was a student there that winter, and graduated on 10 March 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was a physician practicing in Mobley, Edgefield County, SC.

References & notes

His service from Swain.1 Here's a synopsis of his service records after Sharpsburg:

Furloughed in October 1862, promoted to 4th Sergeant on 1 December, to 3rd Sergeant on 27 May 1863, and 2nd Sergeant in about May 1864. He was in a hospital in Richmond, VA by 17 November 1864 with a gunshot to his right shoulder. He was a patient into December then detailed as an attendant in the smallpox ward at Howard's Grove Hospital there. He was retired on 9 March 1865. He was surrendered and paroled at Augusta, GA on 25 May 1865.
That narrative differs from Rushton's own story, seen above, as found in a letter of 13 October 1864 he wrote the Dean of the Medical College of Virginia seeking admission. Further personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860 and 1880. His medical school graduation from an announcement in the Richmond Daily Dispatch of 13 March 1865; page 4 is online from the Library of Virginia. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret Tabitha "Maggie" Herin (1842-1912) in 1866 and they had at least 10 children. One, his son James Madison Rushton (1874-1911), was also a Medical College of Virginia graduate and a physician in Edgefield County.


01/02/1837; Edgefield District, SC


04/02/1889; Edgefield County, SC; burial in Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Saluda County, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 625  [AotW citation 24642]