Rives, Stephen Turner (1838 TN - 1918 VA)

Rives, Stephen Turner

Rives, Stephen Turner


Father: Stephen Turner Rives
Mother: Sophia Meeks Cannon

Birth: 18 Oct 1837, Montgomery Co.,Tennessee
Birth Source: Death Certificate

Death: 14 Jan 1918, Amherst Co., Virginia
Death Source: Reliques of the Rives, Death Certificate

Spouse1: Mary H. Ragsdale, m. 28 May 1867, Christian Co., Kentucky


Children of Stephen Turner Rives and Mary H. Ragsdale:
  1. Hallie Erminie Rives, b. c 2 May 1868

From Reliques of the Rives:
During the war he joined the ranks of the Confederate Army and was later promoted Lieut., Co. L, 14th Tenn. Inf. "The 1st, 7th and 14th Regiments composed a brigade that was known as Archer's Tennessee Brigade, A. P. Hill's Division, Army of Northern Virginia. This brigade took an active part in almost every battle fought by the Army
of Northern Virginia. Comrade S. T. Rives was an ideal soldier, and I always depended on him in an emergency. On the 27th of June 1862 when our command broke Gen. McClellan's center, Steve Rives was one of the first Confederate soldiers to cross the enemy's breastworks, and was in every engagement during the campaign. In the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) he was wounded. Dr. Wright, surgeon of the 14th Tennessee Regiment had charge of the field hospital and as it was about 100 miles to the railroad he kept S. T. Rives and many others with him in the field hospital. When Gen. Lee crossed back to Virginia, all in the hospital were taken prisoners, and as soon as S. T. Rives could be moved he was sent to Johnson's Island. When exchanged he returned to his regiment and was in every engagement until the surrender April 5, 1865."

Although Reliques states he was born 17 Oct 1838, his death certificate gives the above date. Death Certificate signed by daughter Hallie Ermine Rives Wheeler.


Birth:       Virginia Death Certificate, Stephen Turner Rives, 1918
Death:      Virginia Death Certificate, Stephen Turner Rives, 1918
History:    Childs, James Rives. Reliques of the Rives, p173
Census:    1870 Census - Trigg County, Kentucky
                   1880 Census - Christian County, Kentucky