Documents: Assortment of Naval papers belonging to Lt. John Rutledge letter from Charles W. Welsh, Navy Department, dated 16 June 1860, to Lieutenant John Rutledge, Philadelphia asking about his availability for service with Professor Bache's summer expedition to Labrador; order signed by John K. Mitchell, CS Navy Department, Richmond, Virginia, dated 4 January 1864, granting Rutledge sick leave for one month from his command of the CSS Palmetto State, endorsed twice by Flag Officer John R. Tucker; United States Navy manuscript, 19 pages, outlining the duties of the officers and men on board United States Naval vessels, circa 1850.
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Provenance: Descended in the Rutledge-Rose Family of Charleston, South Carolina. Archive of Confederate Naval Officer Lieutenant John Rutledge (1820-1894), grandson of John Rutledge Jr. (1739-1800), Governor of South Carolina and United States Supreme Court Justice.
Other Notes: John Rutledge joined the US Navy as a midshipman in 1835 and served throughout the world. He resigned his commission in January 1861, after South Carolina had seceded from the Union in December 1860, to join the navy of his native state. He served in the Confederate Navy until the end of the war.