Born in Virginia on January 5, 1794, Edmund Ruffin embodied Southern beliefs. He was a slaveholder who actively worked for states’ rights, slavery, and secession. Ruffin fought in the Confederate army, firing shots at Fort Sumter. After the Confederate surrender, Ruffin wrote extensive diary entries about his hatred of the North. On June 18, 1865, Edmund Ruffin committed suicide. In addition to his proslavery beliefs, Ruffin is remembered for his contributions to agriculture.