I am very interested as to where the military information about Allen Rutland came from. It seems that there are two claimants to the "Pvt. A. Rutland, Co B, 46th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry". The other is Andrew Rutland of Covington County, son of Catherine Pendarvis Rutland, wife of Asa Rutland born circa 1790, probably in South Carolina, who died prior to the 1850 census (actually, probably prior to the 1840 census).
Your Allen, born in 1813, could have been a son of Asa and Catherine and, hypothetically, a brother to Andrew who was born in 1839.If so, this could be the answer to your question and the reason for the confusion about the 'real' A. Rutland.
Was Allen, by chance, born in Louisiana? If so, this could link him to the William R.Rutland who married Mary E. (?) in 1845 and raised a large family in Covington County and who, coincidentally, was the next door neighbor to Catherine and son Andrew in 1850. This William was, most likely, the head of family William in the 1840 census; designated as such because he was the oldest legally responsible male in the family. This would mean that he was the son of Asa and Catherine and, again hypothetically, a brother to Allen and Andrew......just a crazy idea. But I think that it jibes with what you are thinking.
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