RUFUS E. OWEN
16 thTENNESSEE INFANTRY
Born: 6 January 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Killed: 20 July 1864 during the Battle of Peachtree Creek near Atlanta, Georgia
Buried: Smith Chapel Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee (Tombstone is believed to be a cenotaph)
Parents: Wiley and Nancy (Smith) Owen
RELATIVES WHO SERVED
- Brother: John F. Owen - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
- Brother: Milton M. Owen - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
- Brother-in-law: Joseph G. Jaquess - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
- Uncle: Matthew Sims Smith - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
- Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
- Enlisted 15 Sep 1862 at Jackson County
- 30 June - 31 Dec 1862: Absent; wounded at Murfreesboro, 31 Dec 1862
- Jan - Apr 1863: Absent; wounded at Murfreesboro, 31 Dec 1862
- 15 Jul 1863: <no remarks>
- Age: 19
- Jul & Aug 1863: Present
- Jan - Apr 1864: Present
- 12 Jan 1863: On furlough for 30 days
- 31 Jul 1864: Name appears on a Receipt Roll for clothing received of Surgeon in charge of St. Mary's Hospital at La Grange, GA. Date of issue: 5 July 1864. R. E. Owen signed for them.
- 24 June 1864: Name appears on a Register of St. Mary's Hospital, La Grange, GA. Returned to duty 7 July 1864.
- Name appears on a Receipt Roll for "Commutation of Rations" from 12 Jan 1863 for 30 days.
- Name appears on a Receipt Roll for clothing dated 31 July 1864.
- 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page268
- 1860 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 26
DESCRIPTION OF HIS DEATH AT THE BATTLE OF PEACHTREE CREEK NEAR ATLANTA, GA
- M. M. Owen (brother) was fighting alongside Rufus during the battle of Peachtree Creek. A minnie ball struck Milton in the right leg knocking him off his feet. Then Rufus was struck by a minnie ball which killed him. Milton rushed over to Rufus, straightened out his limbs, pulled a handkerchief from his pocket, and covered Rufus' face. Milton then returned to the battle. He was struck again by another minnie ball to his right leg. At this point, Milton was carried off the field. ( Details can be found in Milton M. Owen's pension application S10090.)
- Name appears on a Monument located on the grounds near the Court House in McMinnville, Warren County, TN: "CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 16th Tennessee Regiment, Memorial Monument, Sw Corner Courthouse Yard, Mcminnville, Warren County, Tennessee, In Memory Of, Those Members Of The, 16th Tenn. Regt. C.S.A., Killed In Battle, Whose Names, Are Inscribed Hereon., Erected By Their, Colonel John H. Savage., 1904."
The Military Annals of Tennessee : Confederateby John Berrien Lindsley: History of the 16th Tennessee Regiment written by H. H. Dillard
- "At this late day it is impossible to give other than a partial list of our company who were killed in different battles. Here is a list of their names as I can remember or procure by aid of others . . . Killed at Peach-tree Creek, Ga.: R. I. West, Rufus Owen. Killed at Jonesboro, Ga : Third Lieut. John F. Owen . . . (Page 341).
- "I came across a soldier leaning down over one that was dead, and as I approached him he was in the act ov spreading a handkerchied over his face. He looked up at me, and said: 'This is my Captain, and a good one too. I want to send him home if I can.' I think he was a Georgian. I saw a good many looking over the dead for a comrade, and when identified would straighten him out, put a knapsack or chunk under his head, and lay a hat on his face; then perhaps cast their eyes up and around for some peculiar treee or cliff ot hill by which to identify the spot in coming back." (Page 343)