Guide to the Charles A. Rubright Papers, RG 73
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003
0.25 cubic feet; 23 items.
Number of Boxes:
1/2 legal document box; 7 file folders.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Charles A. Rubright was born in Muhlhausen, Germany in 1842. As a child his parents immigrated to the United States where they eventually settled in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Prior to the American Civil War Rubright worked as a bricklayer in Williamsport. On August 28, 1861, he was mustered into Company F of the 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Philadelphia. He re-enlisted with the same regiment on March 21, 1864. Corporal Rubright was captured on June 2nd by Confederate forces near Petersburg, Virginia. After a brief stay at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, he was sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. He arrived on July 10 and remained at Andersonville until his release on April 26, 1865. Corporal Rubright was discharged from military service on June 5, 1865. Following the war, he founded the Corning Brick Works of Corning, New York. Charles A. Rubright died on February 16, 1915 and is buried at Hope Cemetery in Corning.
Scope and Content:
Contains the Civil War diary (January 1, 1864 to May 19, 1865), correspondence (1861 to 1900), newspaper clippings, and photographs of Corporal Charles A. Rubright of Company F, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Diary includes descriptions of military camps in Virginia and Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Correspondence and newspaper clippings include information relating to John M. Turk's post war attempts to locate Rubright and return his portfolio, which was given to Turk following Rubright's capture at Petersburg, Virginia.
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