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Robert M. Rucker letter

Robert M. Rucker letter, 1862 Jan. 29
Robert M. Rucker letter
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1862 Jan. 29
Letter, 29 January 1862, from Robert M. Rucker (1830-1908) of Company A, 2nd Tennessee Infantry, in northern Virginia, to his parents Samuel Reed Rucker (1794-1862) and Martha Bedford Martin Rucker (b. ca. 1809) in Rutherford County, Tennessee, concerning the defeat of the Confederate army in the battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, on 19 January 1862, and the death of General Felix Zollicoffer (1812-1862) during the battle. Rucker adds that little is happening along the Potomac River. He notes that his regiment's colonel is trying to have the regiment reenlist for 2 years and working to have it reassigned to Tennessee. Rucker states that once his enlistment is up, he is returning home
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Robert Martin Rucker was born 3 December 1830 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, to Samuel Reed Rucker (1794-1862) and Martha Bedford Martin Rucker (b. ca. 1808). Rucker became a prosperous farmer alongside his father in Rutherford County before the Civil War. When the war began, Rucker enlisted in Company A, 2nd Tennessee Infantry, and served for the duration of the war. He was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga and was captured at Goldsboro, North Carolina, 22 March 1865. Rucker was held at Point Lookout, Maryland, until 16 June 1865. He returned home to Rutherford County and resumed farming after the war. Rucker married Anna Latimer (1843-1911) in 1867, and they had seven children. Rucker died in Rutherford County 22 September 1908.
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