Sgt. Thomas Franklin Rutherford
Company A 34th Reg't Miss Inf.
Thomas Franklin Rutherford was the 3rd of 6 sons of Thomas and Margret Rutherford who fought for the Confederacy. Thomas was born 27 Oct 1837 in Georgia and came to Tippah County with his family in 1848 to finally settle in Falkner. He was married to Martha Ann Wright (1841-1924) and they had 8 children.
Thomas enlisted at Tippah County Miss 25 Feb 1862, age 24, 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.
Thomas fought in many battles of which some were …Farmington, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Lookout Mountain. A few days after the battle of Perryville, Major A. T. Mason made a list of the killed and wounded. Thomas was listed as severely wounded but continued to stay on with Co. A and made all Muster Rolls after the battle of Perryville and on 15 Apr 1863 he was appointed 1st Sgt. He was hardcore and deeply dedicated to the cause. I have not found out just how bad a wound listed as 'severely' was or where on his body he was wounded.
On 24 Nov 1863 Thomas (and his brother Robert (see his story)) were captured at Lookout Mountain along with many others. After being captured they were forwarded from Nashville to Louisville KY on 30 Nov 1863 to the Provost Marshall Capt. S. E. Jones. On 5 Dec 1863 they were received at Rock Island Barracks IL prison along with 5591 others. This was the first group of POW's to be received at Rock Island. Somehow they survived this place and on 20 Mar 1865 1088 POW's were exchanged of which Thomas and Robert were included.
There is no record of his oath of allegiance or parole that I could find. I assume after he was exchanged he went home to his wife and son. Soon after, Thomas and his family moved to Texas and he continued to raise more children and tell his grandchildren the many stories of his proud service for the Confederacy.
Sgt. Thomas Franklin Rutherford died 25 Mar 1906 at Santa Anna Texas and is buried there.
Steven Rutherford 3rd Great Grandnephew of Thomas Franklin Rutherford
Bobby Gerald Rutherford Great Grandson of Thomas Franklin Rutherford