Rufus Barringer was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, on December 2, 1821. He was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1842, studied law, and took up the practice of his profession in Concord, North Carolina. He served in the assembly in 1848 and 1850 and was a Presidential Elector in 1860. He entered Confederate service as a captain of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry at the outbreak of war, and still held this rank as late as the battle of Gettysburg, although he had served gallantly in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia. Thereafter his rise was rapid. A major in August 1863, by June 1, 1864 he had been appointed brigadier general, in command of a brigade of W. H. F. Lee's division, which he led until its virtual destruction while covering the withdrawal from Richmond in 1865. After the war General Barringer, an old-time Whig, embraced the policies of Reconstruction, even to the extent of becoming a Republican, and took an active part in politics. The closing years of his life were spent on his estate near Charlotte, where he died, February 3, 1895. By his first marriage to one of the six daughters of the Reverend Doctor R. H. Morrison he was a brother-in-law of Generals D. H. Hill and Stonewall Jackson. He is buried in Charlotte.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.