Sep 182012

Another military record came today for my wife's great-great-great-grandfather, Rufus Black, who was killed in battle in Louisiana.

"Rufus Black, a Corporal of Captain C. Dolan's Company K of the 2nd Regiment of Veterans Calvary Volunteers of the State of New York, born in Hadley, State of New York, age 28 years; 5 feet 11 inches high; dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair, and by occupation a farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Stony Creek, and enrolled in it at the muster into the service of the United States at Saratoga, NY, on the 10 day of November 1863 … to serve in the Regiment, for the full term of three years.

He died June 27 1864 at Barracks General Hospital New Orleans La. of contusions in left side from fall of horse in action at Campti La. April 4, 1864.

Compti, LA Apr 4 1864
Pleasant Hill, Apr 9 1864
Cane River Ford (Battle of Monnet's Ferry), Apr 24, 1864

One of the documents noted his personal effects with him at the time of his death:
blankets – two
overcoat – one
shirts – one
drawers – one
boots – one
cap – one
wallet – one
medals – one
beads – one string
diary book – one

This is one of the documents in the military record:

Sep 152012

My wife's great-great-great-grandfather was Rufus Black. He was born 22 Jan 1836 and was killed during the Civil War on 27 Jun 1864. I ordered his Civil War Pension records from the National Archives to see if they might have more information on him and his parents.

Rufus Black was enrolled 12 Oct 1863 in Company K of the 2nd New York Veterans Calvalry, to serve for 3 years or during the war. He was mustered into service as a private on 10 Nov 1863 in Saratoga, NY.

On the muster roll of Company K of that Regiment, for the months of July and August, he is reported to have died June 27, 1864 in hospital at New Orleans by fall of his horse in action April 4, 1863 near Camptri, Louisiana.

While unfortunately this record does not reveal much more about Rufus's family. It does note a witness named "Hiram Black" who I had as Rufus's father. It also notes another witness with the last name of "Wait" which provides some additional evidence that Clarintha (Bloss) Black, Rufus's wife, is the child of Joseph Potter and Nancy Wait – this "Wait" as a witness could be her cousin perhaps.