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Rufus D Pettit
Birth: Jul. 4, 1825
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1891
New York, USA

Oldest child of Thomas and Leah Powers Pettit. Born july 4, 1825 in Connecticut. Both parents died before Rufus was six years of age and the responsibility of raising him fell to an aunt and uncle who probably lived at the Pettit farm at Cold Springs,New York. There he would have worked the farm with them at least until age 18, when he became an apprentice to architect Elijah Hayden, an ardent abolitionist.

In 1846, when Pettit was 22, the United States went to war with Mexico. Serving with Company A of the 1st New York Volunteers, he found he had a talent for soldiering. He showed skill and composure while fighting in eight battles, including those at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, and Mexico City, where it was reported that his marksmanship knocked a Mexican flag from its pole. He was never wounded but did return home with "chronic diarrhea," a condition that would trouble him for rest of his life.

For the next 13 years, he worked on the family farm in Cold Springs. Then the Civil War broke out, and he decided to sign up for another stint in the army. Taking advantage of his military experience and the credibility it lent him, he recruited an army unit from among his friends and neighbors. It was originally called the Cold Springs Rifles before coming Company B of the 1st New York Light artillery, with Pettit as it's captain. The units first major action was with Major General George B. McClellan and his Army of the Potomac on the Virginia Penisula in mid 1862. uring McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, the battery fought at, among other places Yorktown, Fair oaks, Gaine's Mill, and Malvern Hill.

After the Battle of Chancellorsville, Pettit resigned from the service for medical reasons and returned home. In March 1864 he joined the U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps. a branch of the service for veterans not fit for active field duty. He was assigned to Co F of the 12th regiment.On July 20, 1864 Pettit was made superintendant and inspector of Union military prison in Alexandria.

Captain Pettit was courtmartialed and convicted of acts of cruelty to prisoners in his care. This conviction brought about his dismissal from the army. Rufus Pettit returned to New York where he died at age 67. 
Family links: 
  Elvira C McHuron Pettit (1832 - 1888)
  Jessie S Pettit Flint (1853 - 1926)*
  Mary L Pettit Wilson (1861 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: 181 RS
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Record added: Oct 01, 2010
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