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S. Z. Ruff

S. Z. Ruff

Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Solon Zachariah Ruff

(1830 - 1863)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Georgia Military Institute, Class of 1856;Class Rank: 2

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th Georgia Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 18th Georgia Infantry Regiment on it's organization, ranking from April 25, 1861. He was listed as being from the Georgia Military Institute, Marietta, where he had graduated 2nd in the Class of 1856.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Regiment on the Maryland Campaign, as Colonel Wofford was commanding the Brigade.

The rest of the War

He was elected Colonel on April 23, 1863 (to rank from January 17, 1863) after the promotion of Brigadier General Wofford. He was killed at Knoxville, Tennesse on November 29, 1863.

References & notes

Photograph above courtesy of great-great granddaughter Lucile Woods Hardwick Lind, from a family collection. Basic service data above is from Folsom, James M., Heroes and Martyrs of Georgia, 1864 and Henderson, Lillian, Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865, compiled 1959-64, published in 1984 by the Georgia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy. GMI data from a roster on GenWeb.

More on the Web

His exact burial location near Knoxville is unknown. See an interesting discussion of this topic on the Georgia in the Civil War message board (search on Solon Ruff). The SCV planted a new stone for him in Lonas Cemetery, Knox County, TN in 2011, though it's not clear how that spot was documented. Family genealogists also disagree on his birth year - being either 1830 or 1837. Note: He married Irene E Arnold in Morgan County (GA) on May 17, 1860 (see record from GenWeb).


1830; Smyrna, GA


11/29/1863; Knoxville, TN; burial in near Knoxville, TN