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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Thomas H. Ruger

(Ap'd Wis.)


Thomas Howard Ruger: Born Apr. 2, 1833, Lima, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1854.

Served as Asst. Engineer upon the repairs and construction of the Defenses of the approaches to New Orleans, La., 1854‑55.

Resigned, Apr. 1, 1855.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Janesville, Wis., 1856‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in command of Regiment in Operations in Maryland

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 3d Wisconsin Volunteers, June 29, 1861)

and the Shenandoah Valley, July, 1861, to Aug., 1862, being engaged in

(Colonel, 3d Wisconsin Volunteers, Aug. 20, 1861)

preventing the assemblage of a Rebel Legislature at Frederick, Md., Sep., 1861, — Movement to Harrisonburg, Va., Feb., 1862, — Combat of Winchester, May 25, 1862, — Retreat to Williamsport, Md., May, 1862, — and Advance to Little Washington, Va., July, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug.‑Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in command of

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862)

 p575  Brigade of 12th Corps (Army of the Potomac), in the Rappahannock Campaign, Dec., 1862, to June, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June to Aug., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg (commanding Division), July 1‑3, 1863, — and March to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in Suppressing the Draft Riots in New York city, Aug.‑Sep., 1863; at Tullahoma, Tenn., guarding the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, Oct., 1863, to Apr., 1864; in command of Brigade of 20th Corps in the Invasion of Georgia, May 4 to Nov. 8, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of Resaca, May 15, 1864, — Battle of New Hope Church, May 25, 1864, — Action of Kulp House, June 22, 1864, — Combat of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864, — numerous Skirmishes on the March, May to July, 1864, — Siege of Atlanta, July 22 to Sep. 2, 1864, — and Occupation of Atlanta, Sep. 2 to Nov. 8, 1864; in command of Division of 23d Corps, in the Tennessee Campaign against the Rebel Army of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Hood, Nov. 15 to Dec. 8, 1864, being engaged in Operations about Columbia, Nov., 1864, — and Battle of Franklin, Nov. 30, 1864; in

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 30, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Franklin, Ten.)

organizing the 1st Division of 23d Corps, at Nashville, Ten., Dec. 8, 1864, to Jan., 1865; in command of his Division in Operations in North Carolina, Feb. to June, 1865, being engaged in the Movement up the Neuse River, Feb.‑Mar., 1865, — Action at Wier's Fork, near Kinston, Mar. 10, 1865, — Surrender of the Insurgent Army under Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. E. Johnston, at Durham Station, Apr. 26, 1865, — and in garrison at Charlotte, May‑June, 1865; and in command of the Department of North Carolina, June 27, 1865, to June 12, 1866.

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

Re-appointed in the United States Army, with the rank of

Colonel, 33d Infantry, July 28, 1866.

Served: in command of Regiment at Macon, Ga., Nov., 1866, to Feb. 7, 1867, — of District of Chattanooga, Ten., Feb. 7 to Mar. 16, 1867, —

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 2, 1867,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.)

and of regiment, at Atlanta, Ga., Apr. 16, 1867, to Jan. 13, 1868; as Provisional Governor of the State of Georgia, Jan. 13 to July 4, 1868; in command of the Department of Alabama, July 30, 1868, to Feb. 1, 1869, — of the Department of the South, Mar. 5 to May 31, 1869, — and of

(Transferred to 18th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

regiment, at Atlanta, Ga., June 4, 1869, to Aug. 19, 1870; as Member of Retiring Board, to Jan. 3, 1871; in command of regiment, at Atlanta, Ga., to Aug. 1, 1871; as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1871, to Sep. 1, 1876; in command of the Department of the South, Sep. 8, 1876, to July 1, 1878, — and of regiment and post of Atlanta, Ga., July 1, 1878, to Apr. 12, 1879; en route to Montana, to May 9, 1879; in command of regiment and District of Montana at Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., to Oct. 1, 1879, and at Helena, Mon., to May 13, 1885; in command of regiment and Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., June 29, 1885, to Apr. 8, 1886; in command of

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 19, 1886)

the Department of the Missouri, to May 4, 1886, and of Dakota, May 4, 1886, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In command of Department of Dakota (at St. Paul, Min.), May 4, 1886 to April 16, 1891; at San Francisco, Cal., commanding Division of the Pacific, April 20 to July 14, 1891. — Department of California (also commanding Department of Columbia for portions of the time), to Nov. 20, 1894. — At Chicago, Ill., commanding Department of the Missouri, Nov. 24, 1894 to May 18, 1895.

(Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Feb. 8, 1895)

— On special duty in War Department, Washington, D. C., May 20 to Oct. 3, 1895. — At Governor's Island, N. Y., commanding Department of the East, Oct. 4, 1895 to April 2, 1897, when

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, April 2, 1897.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Stamford, Conn.

Died June 3, 1907, at Stamford, Conn.: Aged 74.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1908, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

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