(1839 - 1921)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was elected Major of the 25th North Carolina Regiment as it was organized in August 1861. When the Army was reorganized in Spring 1862, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel (commissioned May 1862). He was promoted Colonel soon after, replacing Colonel St.Clair Dearing, who resigned in early or mid-1862.
The rest of the War
Colonel Rutledge remained in command of the 25th Regiment for the duration of the War.
After the War
He returned to South Carolina in 1865 and managed Hampton Plantation - his family home.
References & notes
Basics information from the Rutledge family genealogical data - posted online at RootsWeb by Don Kelly. Service information from Moore's Roster1. The photograph above is from a CDV sold by Heritage Auction Galleries in June 2008.
His son Archibald Rutledge published a memoir about his father called "My Colonel and His Lady" in 1937. The Colonel was a direct descendent of Colonial Governor John, and Declaration of Independence signer Edward Rutledge.
8/5/1839 in SC
6/10/1921; Flat Rock, NC; burial in Saint John In the Wilderness Cemetery, Flat Rock