Rufus K.W. Vanderburg, Musician, Co. K, 12th Louisiana Infantry, CSA


  • January 23: Rufus King W. Vanderburgh was born in Benton, Yazoo County, MS to John and Matilda Vanderburgh.


  • September 22: Rufus married Margaret B. East in Caldwell County, LA.


  • June 12: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Caldwell County, LA showed Rufus, a black smith, and Margaret living with their 10 month old son, Joseph. The young family lived next door to Margaret’s parents, Tarleton and Mary East.


  • August 13: Rufus enlisted in the C.S. Army at Camp Moore, LA.
  • August 13 to October 31: Company Muster Roll. Present.



  • November & December: Company Muster Roll. Present.


  • March & April: Company Muster Roll. Present.
  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Musician. Detailed by Col. Scott. On 11 Feb 1863. There is due him extra pay as Musician from date of detail to the present time.”          
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Detailed as a Musician by Col. Scott”
  • September to December: Company Muster Rolls. Present.


  • May & June: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Detailed as Musician by Col. Scott”
  • July & August: Company Muster Roll. Present. Remarks “Detailed as Musician by Col. Scott”


  • Paroled at Greensboro, NC with his regiment.


  • November: The family bible stated Rufus died of complications to a wound he received as a soldier.