October 17, 2017

“If I Have Got to Go and Fight I Am Willing:” A Union Regiment Forged in the Petersburg Campaign, the 179th New York Volunteer Infantry 1864-1865.”
– Edwin P. Rutan, II

October 17, 2017

In the summer of 1864, the 179th New York Volunteer Infantry protected Washington, D.C. They joined Grant’s army in June at Petersburg, first in failed assaults, then entrenched and engaged in the Battle of the Crater. The 179th New Yorkers served in the attack at Fort Stedman in March, 1865, and finally stormed Petersburg. In all, hundreds were killed or wounded in their service.

Ed Rutan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and began a legal career for a major New York law firm. He served as the City Attorney for Salt Lake City and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2013. Now, after a rewarding career as a lawyer, he has retired and is focused on American History. Rutan and his wife, Lynne, live in Park City, Utah, where they enjoy skiing, hiking and traveling.