Private Samuel T. Rudd was born in South Carolina ca. 1826. In 1860 he, along with wife Anne and five children, were living in the Concord near Concord, Gadsden County, Florida. The census lists his occupation as farming, with real estate valued at $200 and a personal estate of some $450.
He enlisted March 12, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida in Captain Davidson’s Company; Samuel stated his age as 38.
He was absent sick when the company left the state, but rejoined it by June 30th, 1862. He was present with the company from the date of his enlistment until December 16th, 1864 when he was captured at Nashville, Tennessee.
He was sent to the military prison at Louisville Kentucky where he arrived on December 22nd. He was transferred to the military prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, where arrived on January 6th, 1865. He was paroled from Camp Chase on May 2nd, 1865, and sent to New Orleans, Louisiana to await exchange.
He was admitted to the USA General Hospital No. 2 at Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 13th, 1865 with chronic diarrhea. He signed the Oath of Allegiance at Tallahassee, Florida On May 16th, 1865; his description was given as fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, 5’ 9” tall, 29 years old, and place of residence as Gadsden County, Florida.
Samuel died on December 4th, 1892. The places of his death and interment are unknown.
Anne applied for a Florida Confederate Widow’s Pension for Samuel’s service in 1897 at Wetumpka, Gadsden County, Florida.