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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1843

Vol. II
p185
1198

(Born Me.)

Rufus Ingalls

(Ap'd Me.)

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Born Aug. 23, 1818,a Denmark, ME.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1839, to July 1, 1843, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Rifles, July 1, 1843.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1843‑45, — and Ft. Leavenworth,

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 17, 1845)

Kan., 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Skirmish of Embudo, Jan. 29, 1847, — and Assault of

(Bvt. First Lieut., Feb. 4, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Conflicts at Embudo and Taos, N. M.)

Pueblo de Taos, Feb. 4, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; and on

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Feb. 16, 1847, to Oct. 22, 1854)

Quartermaster duty, with troops on voyage to California, 1848, — at

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Jan. 12, 1848)

Monterey, Cal., 1848‑49, — Los Angeles, Cal., 1849, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1849‑52, — Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1853, — Washington, D. C., 1853‑54, p186— on Colonel Steptoe's Expedition across the Continent, via Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and Salt Lake, Utah, to San Francisco, Cal., 1854‑55, — Washington, D. C., 1855‑56, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1856‑60, being on Commissions, 1857‑58, to examine War Debt of Oregon and Washington Territory, — and at Washington, D. C., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in the Defense of Ft. Pickens, Fla., Apr. 20 to July 15, 1861; as Chief Quartermaster

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Sep. 28, 1861)

of the forces occupying the Defenses of Washington, D. C., south of the Potomac, July 28, 1861, to Feb. 28, 1862; at Annapolis,

(Major, Staff — Quartermaster, Jan. 12, 1862,
for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service as Captain)

Md., and Alexandria, Va., receiving transports and superintending embarkation of the Army of the Potomac to the Virginia Peninsula, Mar. 1 to Apr. 2, 1862;b at Ft. Monroe and Cheeseman's Creek, Va., Apr. 2-May 4, 1862; at Yorktown and White House, Va., May 4 to June 28, 1862, in charge of Army Depots; in transferring public stores, via York and James River, to Harrison's Landing, after General McClellan's "change of base," June 28-July 1, 1862; as Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, July 10, 1862, to June 16, 1864; in the evacuation of the Virginia Peninsula, Aug. 16‑31, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being present at the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and on March to Falmouth, Va., Oct. 31-Nov. 13, 1862; in Organizing and Superintending Depot at Acquia Creek and Belle Plain, Va., Nov. 20, 1862, to June 14, 1863; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being present at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862, — Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 23, 1863)

of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being present at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863, — and in Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in Rapidan Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Oct. to Dec., 1863, in the retrograde movement to Centreville, Va., and advance to Culpeper, Va., Oct. 11, 1863, — and Mine Run Operations, Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, 1863; in Organizing and Superintending Supply Depots on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, Dec. 4, 1863, to May 4, 1864; as Chief Quartermaster of the Armies operating against Richmond, Va., June 16, 1864, to May 9, 1865; in the Campaign of 1864‑65 against Richmond, being present at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, — Battles around Spottsylvania, May 9‑20, 1864, — Battles of Cold Harbor, June 3‑5, 1864, — Siege of Petersburg and Richmond, June 18, 1864, to Apr. 2, 1865,

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Bvt. Col., and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, July 6, 1864,
for Meritorious and Distinguished Services during the Rebellion)

— and Establishing and Superintending the great Army Depot at City

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers and U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Point, Va., Jan. 16, 1864, to May 9, 1865; and at the Headquarters of the Army, Washington, D. C., June 15, 1865, to May 4, 1866; on Special Inspection duty across the continent to Oregon, May 4 to Dec. 14, 1866.

Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Dep. Quartermaster-Gen., July 28, 1866.

Colonel, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster-Gen., July 29, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Sep. 1, 1866.

p187 Served: in waiting orders, Dec. 14, 1866, to Mar. 31, 1867; as Chief Quartermaster, at New York city, Apr. 1, 1867, to June 1, 1875 (under special instructions in Europe, July 26, 1873, to Jan. 28, 1874), and Depot Quartermaster, Apr. 4 to Aug. 31, 1876; as Acting Quartermaster-General, at Washington, D. C., June 1, 1875, to Apr. 1, 1876; and as Chief Quartermaster of the Division of the Pacific, Sep. 15, 1876, to Apr. 6, 1878, — and of the Division of the Missouri, May 13, 1878, to Feb. 23, 1881; in charge of the Quartermaster's Depot, New York city, Feb. 28, 1881, to Mar. 14, 1882, — and of the Quartermaster's Department,

(Brig.‑General, Staff — Quartermaster-General, Feb. 23, 1882)

at Washington, D. C., Mar. 16, 1882, to July 1, 1883.

Retired from Active Service, upon his own Application, July 1, 1883,
having served 40 Years.

Vol. IV
p62
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died Jan. 15, 1893, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 73.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1893, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Notes:

a Print sources (and the Web following them) give various years: 1818, 1819, 1820. His tombstone (q.v.) has 1818.

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b See my note to entry No. 1525 of the Register.


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