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Robert Martin Rucker letter

Robert Martin Rucker letter, 1861 Sept. 7
Robert Martin Rucker letter
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1861 Sept. 7
Letter, 7 September 1861, from Robert Martin Rucker (1830-1908), Company A, 2nd Tennessee Infantry, to his parents Samuel Reade Rucker (1794-1862) and Martha Bedford Martin Rucker (b. ca. 1809), providing details on camp life in northern Virginia, describing the town of Dumfries, and describing the Potomac River. He notes that the Confederate army is trying to blockade the river and comments on a rumor that the Confederates had captured the Chain Bridge in Alexandria, Virginia, taking 400 prisoners. Rucker asks for boots and flannel underwear
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Robert Martin Rucker was born 3 December 1830 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, to Samuel Reade Rucker (1794-1862) and Martha Bedford Martin Rucker (b. ca. 1809). Rucker enlisted in Company A, 2nd Tennessee Infantry, 27 April 1861, and served with the regiment throughout the Civil War. Rucker was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga and was captured at Goldsboro, North Carolina, on 22 March 1865. He was sent to Point Lookout, arriving there 3 April 1865. Rucker was released on 16 June 1865 after taking the oath of allegience. He returned to Tennessee and became a successful farmer. Rucker married Ann Latimer Cowan (b. 1843), a widow with one child, on 24 July 1867, and they had five children. Rucker died in Rutherford County 22 September 1908 and was buried in the Rucker-Pickard family cemetery in Rutherford County.
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Robert Martin Rucker letter
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