- D. Scott Hartwig
Barringer, Rufus (02 December 1821–03 February 1895), soldier, was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, the son of Paul Barringer and Elizabeth Brandon. During the War of 1812, his father had attained the rank of brigadier general of militia. After attending preparatory school at Sugar Creek Academy, Barringer entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he graduated in 1842. Following graduation he studied law with his brother, Moreau Barringer, then with Richmond Pearson, the future chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and subsequently opened a practice in Concord, North Carolina. He belonged to the Whig political party and won election to the state assembly in 1848 and 1850. In 1860 he was made a political elector....