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Steven D. Rutherford



Jr. 2nd Lt. James McCullough Rutherford
Company A 34th Reg't Miss Inf. 
Tippah Rangers

James McCullough Rutherford was the 2nd of 6 sons of Thomas and Margret Rutherford who fought for the Confederacy. James was born 18 Nov 1834 in Georgia and came to Tippah County with his family in 1848 to finally settle in Falkner. He was married to his first wife Harriett Reed (1838-1891) before the war in 1856 and they had 4 children. After the war in 1896 he married his 2nd wife Molly Hensley.

James enlisted at Holly Springs Miss 1 May 1862, age 27, in Company A 37th Reg't Miss Inf which subsequently became Company A 34th Regiment Miss Infantry (Tippah Rangers) commanded by Capt. John Y. Murry.

James quickly moved up in rank; 30 Oct 1862 appointed Corporal; Dec 1862 elected 3rd Lt. and finally on 22 Jan 1863 he was appointed 2nd Lt. Jr.
NOTE: James has been listed in many places as a Captain but I cannot find in any of his military records where he attained any higher rank than 2nd Lt. Jr. His being listed as a Capt. may have had to do with his law enforcement career after the war or something he was in before the war.

James was put on detached service by order of Gen. Bragg on 15 Aug 1863 for Recruiting Service. He missed the engagement and captured at Lookout Mountain during this time.

From his military records James seems to have worked mostly in the supply lines. He served until the end of the war and was discharged 26 Apr 1865. I have no record of parole or oath of allegiance.

Lt. James McCullough Rutherford died 8 Sep 1903 in Tippah County and is buried at Little Hope Cemetery Tippah County Miss.

Steven Rutherford 3rd Great Grandnephew of James McCullough Rutherford