Maj Andrew Burnet Rhett

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Maj Andrew Burnet Rhett

  • Birth 28 Sep 1833 Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 13 Sep 1879 Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 28295654

Captain in the Army of Northern Virginia in Rhett's Battery, Capt. Fickling's Company (Brooks Light Artillery), South Carolina Artillery and 2nd Regiment of South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment) Company K.

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.


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  • Created by: Saratoga
  • Added: 15 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28295654
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Andrew Burnet Rhett (28 Sep 1833–13 Sep 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28295654, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Saratoga (contributor 46965279) .