I did look through all of my notes and whatnot last night but nothing mentions why Captain A. Burnett Rhett missed out on Gettysburg. Later that year, he was promoted and took a command in South Carolina but can't seem to find what he was doing in that summer. I'll have to see of there was a unit history for the Brooks Light Artillery written and see if it may be available on Google Books.
Thanks William! Another piece to the puzzle!“Colonel Edward P. Alexander dispatched Brown’s men, who arrived at Marye’s Heights on the morning of May 1. Dejectedly, Rhett’s South Carolinians went to the rear and did not participate further in this campaign. Rhett’s removal had long been in the works due to the captain’s frequent absences from his company”
Source: The Union Sixth Army Corps in the Chancellorsville Campaign: A Study of the Engagements of Second Fredericksburg, Salem Church and Banks Ford, May 3-4, 1863, by Philip W. Parsons, page 57
It appears that Capt. Rhett had been dismissed before Gettysburg due to his frequent absences..........So possibly he was between assignments???????
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I wonder why he was frequently absent!
That is really odd since he was cited for gallantry at Bull Run, the Seven Days, and Fredericksburg. Apparently, it all didn't hurt his career since he was promoted to command the artillery in the Second District of South Carolina and later commanded an artillery battalion in 1865. Interesting.
Yes it is interesting and puzzling as well. Perhaps he was too brave? As in recklessly brave? Perhaps some in his unit felt he was too brave for them..........lol.....Men being led want someone brave but not recklessly brave, especially with their lives.....but that is only far flung speculation. I do find it strange that he is so gallant, and then removed due to being absent too often.
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Longstreet ordered Wofford's brigade to fall back to the Wheatfield. Wofford was unhappy about the order. He ran up on McLaws somewhere around Trostle's Woods. He complained that his brigade should not have been ordered back and expressed concern over where the order initiated. McLaws who had not been aware of the order, replied that he assumed the order originated from Longstreet. The next morning Lee and Longstreet came to Wofford and asked him if he thought he could advance to the same position now. He said no - that the Union army had all night to reinforce and that the situation was very different from the day before when he was pursuing a broken enemy.Was it Wofford or McClaws that didn't want to accept Longstreet's order to retreat ?
Hi Peter, that is a good question. I wonder if it had to do with who his father was? (Robert Barnwell Rhett)............Or due to his getting married in August of 1862 and was away often visiting his new bride?
Married Henrietta Aiken only daughter of Honorable William Aiken at Hillside the residence of Mrs. M. R. Singleton, Flat Rock, North Carolina on August 21, 1862.
A.B. Rhett graduated from the South Carolina College in 1852 and the Medical College of South Carolina in 1859. During the War, Rhett distinguished himself as an artillery officer. He began as captain of Co. K, Second Palmetto Regiment, SC Volunteers (Infantry). The unit was sent to Virginia and fought at First Manassas, in July, 1861, where Rhett was cited for bravery. The following spring, Rhett was detached to form his own artillery battery which became a part of Stephen D. Lee's battalion in Evans' brigade. Temporarily, he was attached to General Ripley's brigade in A.P. Hill's division and fought at the battles of Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill, in June and July of 1862. He again was highly commended following these engagements, and was cited for gallantry following the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862. He was promoted to major in December of 1863, and appointed chief of artillery for the Second Military District of South Carolina. In February of 1865, Major Rhett commanded a battalion of artillery which fought in the battles of Averysboro and Bentonville in North Carolina. The Aiken-Rhett house where he lived after the war that his wife, Henrietta Aiken inherited, is in Charleston, SC and open to the public.
Above paragraph from descendant Jordan Yale.
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Where is that @Tom Elmore ? It's lovely!I visited the Aiken-Rhett house two days ago (see attached photo). Andrew Burnet Rhett's father served as a U.S. Congressman (1837-1847) and Senator (1850-1852), and also in the Confederate Congress. Henrietta's father, William Aiken, served as a Governor (1844-1846) and U.S. Senator. His first cousin was David Wyatt Aiken, who was Colonel of the 7th South Carolina infantry at Gettysburg.View attachment 116204
Yes. how did you know he wasn't a 16th Georgia guy?
Well the fire of this thread seems to be getting low. I will throw this little log on to see if we can perk more interest in Woffords Brigade
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