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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born England)

Richard H. Rush​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Jan. 14, 1825.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, July 1, 1846.

Served: at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry, Oct. 9, 1846, to Nov. 2, 1847; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48;

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Mar. 3, 1847)

(First Lieut., 2d Artillery, Dec. 6, 1847)

in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1848, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848‑49; as Draughtsman of Artillery Tactics Board, July 27, 1849, to Aug. 23, 1850; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1850; on Coast Survey, Dec. 10, 1850, to Nov. 5, 1852; and in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1852‑54.

Resigned, July 1, 1854.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Dec., 1861 to Mar.,

(Colonel, 6th Pennsylvania Volunteers (Lancers), July 27, 1861)

1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in a Skirmish at Hanley's Bridge, May 24, 1862, — Action of Hanover C. H., May 27, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — Battle of White Oak Swamp, June 30, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Dec., 1862, being engaged in Skirmish at Jefferson Pass, Sep. 13, 1862, — Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and Skirmishes at Williamsport, Md., Sep. 19, 1862, and Occoquan, Va., Dec. 24, 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Jan. to Apr., 1863, being engaged in Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stoneman's Raid upon Richmond, Apr. 13‑27, 1863; on sick leave of absence, Apr. 27 to May 27, 1863; in Provost Marshal General's Bureau, May 10 to Nov. 10, 1863, in Organizing the Veteran Reserve Corps; in Preparing Rock Island Prison, Ill., Nov. 10 to Dec. 20, 1863; as President of Board for Examination of Officers, Jan. 3 to Mar. 20, 1864; and in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., commanding Brigade, Mar. 20 to July 1, 1864.

Resigned, July 1, 1864.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

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

(Richard Henry Rush)

Died Oct. 17, 1893, at Philadelphia, Pa.: Aged 68.

Buried, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.​a

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Richard Rush, U. S. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Court of St. James.

Thayer's Note:

a The biographical summary at the Find-a‑Grave page contains additional interesting information.

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