1865 Jan. 23
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1865 Jan. 23
Testimony, 23 January 1865, of Lieutenant Colonel Frank G. Ruffin (1816-1892), formerly of the Confederate Bureau of Subsistence, before the Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Congress on the Means of Public Defense defending the Commissary General Lucius B. Northrop (1811-1894). Ruffin stated that the War Department, including the Secretary of War James A. Seddon (1815-1880), and President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) obstructed or hindered the Commissary General and the Bureau of Subsistence from being able to gather necessary food supplies for the Confederate armies. He added that the Secretary and President ignored Northrop's warnings about the alarming condition of food supplies for the armies. This testimony was compiled and transcribed by Ruffin some time after the publication of volume II of THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT by Jefferson Davis in 1881
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Frank G. Ruffin was born 1 December 1816 in Woodville, Mississippi to William Hopper Ruffin and Frances Gildart Ruffin. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandfather, William Ruffin (ca. 1758-1825), in Raleigh, North Carolina. After his grandfather's death, Ruffin wasraised by an aunt and uncle in Hanover County, Virginia. After attending various schools, Ruffin entered the University of Virginia and graduated at age 16. He moved to Richmond where he studied for the bar, and was accepted to the bar in October 1838. He began practicing in King William County, Virginia, but disappointed with the law, turned to agriculture. After his marriage, Ruffin moved to Albemarle County in 1841, then to Richmond in 1853. He served as editor of the SOUTHERN PLANTER from 1851 to 1858. He also purchased an estate in Chesterfield County, Virginia. When the Civil War began, Ruffin entered Confederate service as a major in the Commissary and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. After the war, he pursued various business and agricultural interests. A Readjuster, Ruffin became disillusioned with William Mahone's (1826-1895) control of the party. Ruffin was appointed 2nd auditor of Virginia, a position he held until his death. Ruffin led efforts to improve the James River and make Richmond a major port. He married first, Cary Anne Nicholas Randolph (1820-1857), the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Randolph (1792-1875) and great-granddaugher of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), on 28 December 1840, and they had 9 children. He married second, Ellen Strother Harvie (ca. 1818-1899), the granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Ruffin died 5 June 1892 in Richmond, Virginia, and is buried in Hollywood cemetery.
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Testimony before the joint select committee of the houses of the Confederate Congress
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McIlwaine, H. R.
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