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★★★ Rucker, Edmund Winchester

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Edmund Winchester Rucker

Born: July 22, 1835
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Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Father: Dr. Edmund Rucker 1800 – 1861

Mother: Louisa Orville Winchester 1810 – 1888
(Buried: Cragfont Cemetery, Gallatin, Tennessee)​

Wife: Mary Adele Woodfin 1854 – 1883
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama)​

Wife: Mary Thomas Bentley 1860 – 1941
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama)​

Children:
Lilian Mary Rucker 1882 – 1883​
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama)​

Occupation before War:
Worked on the Surveying crew for Nashville & Decatur Railroad​
Established an Engineering & Surveying business in Memphis, Tennessee​
1858 – 1861: Memphis, Tennessee City Engineer​

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1865: Served in the Confederate Cavalry under Nathan Forrest​
Colonel and Commander of Rucker's Legion Cavalry​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee​
1864: Wounded in Arm during the Battle of Nashville, Tennessee Capture​

Occupation after War:
President of Salem, Marion, and Memphis Railroad Company​
President of Birmingham Compress and Warehouse Company
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Vice President of Sloss Iron and Steel Company​
Vice President & Director of Alabama National Bank​
Vice President of American Coal Company​
Worked on Railroad Project in Alabama with General Nathan Forrest​
Industrial Businessman in Birmingham, Alabama​

Died: April 13, 1924

Place of Death: Birmingham, Alabama

Age at time of Death: 88 years old

Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama

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As just a sidelight, Rucker is buried just down the hill from the GAR Plot and the Rucker name is still well known around the Birmingham area. Also, if you ever wish to visit Oak Hill Cemetery (where many of the founders of Birmingham are buried); it is downtown just Northwest of the Civic Center. Fort Rucker (where the military trains their helicopter pilots) is named in honor of Colonel Rucker.
 

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Before being transferred to cavalry in 1862 Rucker was given command of a group of Illinoisans who wanted to join the Confederacy. I'm thinking this was an artillery unit but not sure?
 
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Occupation after War:
President of Salem, Marion and Memphis Railroad Company
What was the Memphis Railroad Company?
I was reading a biography of a Tennessean who was also part of this company. Did it have anything to do with the operation of the Memphis & Charleston RailRoad?
 

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Fort Rucker (where the military trains their helicopter pilots) is named in honor of Colonel Rucker.
Also the home of the US Army Aviation Museum. If you like Helo's, you need to make the drive down to Fort Rucker.
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Lots of Helicopters and of course many Bell models.
Here is an Viet Nam era AH-1G attack helo hovering over an AH-1S(Modernized) Cobra armed with TOW missiles.
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Before being transferred to cavalry in 1862 Rucker was given command of a group of Illinoisans who wanted to join the Confederacy. I'm thinking this was an artillery unit but not sure?
He initially had enlisted in a unit of sappers and miners. Later he commanded a battery (with said Illinoisians) in the 1st TN Heavy Artillery.
 
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What was the Memphis Railroad Company?
I was reading a biography of a Tennessean who was also part of this company. Did it have anything to do with the operation of the Memphis & Charleston RailRoad?
It's hard to tell now, DixieRifles! That is the Selma, Marion, Memphis Railroad Company that began in 1859 and was three different companies of the same name until its final incarnation as the Selma, Marion, Memphis Railroad Company of Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. The general books of the company are gone - they were in the company's former president's house when it burned to the ground with nothing saved - that former president being Forrest. The bankrupt company came up for auction in 1871- Rucker had been a partner with Forrest in this enterprise earlier and he and two other partners bid for the line and got it. They did little better and ended in bankruptcy again. Think they'd gotten 43 miles finished and there it ended. That line had a whammy on it, I guess!
 
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