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H.M. Rutledge

H.M. Rutledge

Confederate (CSV)


Henry Middleton Rutledge

(1839 - 1921)

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 25th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 2, pg. 323  [AotW citation 1012]