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Ruben C. Martin began his military career at age 15 as a private in Co. G, 5th Regiment Ga. State Troops October 15, 1861. Mustered out April 1862.

Enlisted on May 29, 1862 in Company K, 47th Regiment Georgia Infantry as a substitute for his uncle, A.J. Iler (Ihler) who mustered out in order to make a summer crop.

Reuben was wounded at James Island, S. C. June 10, 1862 and discharged by civil authority at Camp Williams, Ga. November 18, 1862.

When the 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry was formed, he enlisted in Company H.

(Compiled soldier documents indicate that R.C. Martin transferred from Co. F, 22nd Georgia Battalion on April 9, 1864 and was enlisted in Co. H, 7th Georgia Cavalry at Ft. McAllister by Lt. Quinn.)

On June 11, 1864 Pvt. Martin was captured at Louisa Court House, Va. near Trevillian Station and was sent to Elmira Prison, NY.

Private Reuben C. Martin died of pneumonia on November 10, 1864 while still in prison at Elmira, NY. (Grave # 817)

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