Lieutenant Benjamin Andrew Rush
Thomas Benjamin Rhodes, III, LTC USA (Ret.)
Andrew Rush (2 June 1833 – 5 June 1903) was a First Sergeant in the cavalry at
War for Southern Independence and
later served as a First Lieutenant in the Home Guard, Alabama State Militia.
was born in Montgomery County, Alabama. He grew up on a plantation a few miles
south of Tuskegee in Macon County, Alabama. At the outbreak of the War of North
Aggression, he was a gentleman planter managing the plantation. He was married
with three children. He had brown hair, fair complection and stood 5’ 10”.
answered the call to defend his state on 2 June 1862 by enlisting in Company A,
15th Alabama Partisan Ranger Regiment at Montgomery, Alabama. He was
the First Sergeant of Company A. After serving with the unit for a time in
Alabama, he was medically discharged with a
Certificate of Disability
from the attending Surgeon. He was at the Hall’s Mill encampment south of
Mobile, Alabama when he was discharged and returned
home to his plantation to resume his vocation as a planter.
Having been exempted for bond as a farmer, he
still had the call to defend his home state against the northern invaders. On
25 October 1864, he joined Jas. F. Park’s Company, Alabama Home
Guard, Macon County Reserves, Alabama Militia as a 1st Lieutenant. He
served in that capacity until the war’s end in 1865.
His family had grown by two more children when
his wife died in 1866. After her death, he, a widower with five children,
relocated to Suggsville, Clarke County, Alabama
and married, in 1867, Lucy Ellen Rivers, daughter of Dr. Thomas Buxton Rivers,
Captain, Co. A., Alabama Home Guard, Clarke County Reserves, Alabama State
Militia. He continued with his vocation as a planter. While living in
Suggsville, they had three children. It is not know how long they lived in Clarke County,
before they moved to Marion, Perry County, Alabama.
In the Dallas County AlArchives Biographies, a document dated 1893 infers that
he had followed farming as a vocation all his life. He resided at Marion, Ala.,
for many years, but a few years ago he moved to northwest Texas, where he
is now engaged in wheat culture.” This fact is still under research as there
is nothing in the oral family history to substantiate that fact.
However, it is verified that he died at the
age of 73, on 5 June 1903 in
Marion, Perry County, Alabama and is buried in the
Cemetery south of
Tuskegee, Macon County,
Alabama, the site of his ancestral plantation.
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