Archibald Rutledge was born October 23, 1883 in McClellanville, South Carolina. He grew up at Hampton Plantation on the South Santee River. In 1904, Rutledge began writing stories, poems, and magazine articles, many about hunting and other outdoor pursuits. In 1934, Archibald Rutledge was named South Carolina's first Poet Laureate. In 1960, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.