Pvt. Robert Walker Rutherford
Company A 34th Reg't Miss Inf.
Robert Walker Rutherford was the 5th of 6 sons of Thomas and Margret Rutherford who fought for the Confederacy. Robert was born 22 Dec 1842 in Georgia and came to Tippah County with his family in 1848 to finally settle in Falkner. He was married after the war to Arteala Singleton and they had 9 children of which one died as an infant.
Robert enlisted at Corinth Miss 10 May 1862, age 19, 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.
Robert enlisted right at the time of the Battle of Farmington. He may have fought in it and the enlistment paper work done after the battle or if the company went back to Corinth after the battle then he did not engage in that battle. I do not know. I'm sure as soon as he enlisted that he looked up 3 of his brothers in the same company 'A' Sgt. Thomas F. Rutherford (see his story), Jr. 2nd Lt. James M. Rutherford (see his story) and Pvt. John L. Rutherford (see his story) and was there at Perryville to comfort his brother Thomas when he was wounded. During these exciting days you can be assured that the Rutherford brothers watched out for each other as we would today.
24 Aug 1863 Robert was put ' On daily extra duty by order of Gen. Liddelt (not sure of spelling) with the supply train. ( Was this good or bad? Depends I guess.)
On 24 Nov 1863 Robert was captured with his brother Thomas at Lookout Mountain along with many others. His other brothers; James was not captured as he was on detail and John was in the 2nd Miss State Cavalry at this time with yet another brother Capt. William W. Rutherford (see his story). From Lookout Mountain Robert and Thomas were sent to Nashville, forwarded to Louisville KY 30 Nov 1863 and arrived there 2 Dec 1863. They were finally forwarded to Rock Island on 3 Dec 1863 and confined there 5 Dec 1863.
Robert served the remainder of the war as a POW at Rock Island and was exchanged 20 Mar 1865. Most likely he and Thomas after being released traveled the long road home together back to Tippah County.
Pvt. Robert Walker Rutherford died 22 Mar 1905 at home in Tippah County and is buried at Little Hope Cemetery Tippah County Miss.
Steven Rutherford 3rd Great Grandnephew of Robert Walker Rutherford