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Confederate (CSV)


John Rufus Holshouser

(1841 - 1917)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Rowan (NC) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

Known by Rufus, in 1860 he was a 19 year day laborer and lived on his parent's farm near Salisbury in Rowan County, NC. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private in Company D - the Rowan Artillery - First North Carolina Light Artillery (10th Regiment State Troops) on 15 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was "absent in confinement" after 28 February 1864 "by sentence of General Court Martial," charge unknown. He returned to his battery about October 1864. He was with it through at least February 1865, the last muster roll in his record, and was surrendered and paroled at Salisbury, NC on 2 May 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in China Grove/Litaker Townships, Rowan County, NC.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 also as Rufus H Holshouser/Holtshouser/etc, online from fold3. His wounding at Sharpsburg from Clark.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as Rufus John Holshouser.

He married Trissa Caroline Overcash (1835-) in August 1865 and they had 2 children. He married again, Mary Elizabeth Basinger (1844-) in January 1889.


11/08/1841; Rowan County, NC


11/21/1917; Rowan County, NC; burial in Rock Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Salisbury, NC


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28816]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 1, pg. 575  [AotW citation 28817]