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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1867

Vol. III

(Born Ky.)

Ernest Howardº Ruffner

(Ap'd Va.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1863, to June 17, 1867, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1867.

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1867.

Served: as Assistant Engineer of the Survey of the Northern Lakes, Aug., 1867, to Dec. 12, 1870, (leave of absence, Dec. 1, 1867, to Feb. 1, 1868, and Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, 1869); and as Chief Engineer of the Department of the Missouri, Dec. 12, 1870, to Feb., 1881, being the Superintending Engineer of the completion of the Military Road from Santa Fé to Taos, N. M., July 3, 1873, to Oct. 5, 1876, — on temporary duty in connection with the International Exhibition of 1876, Oct. 5 to Dec. 8, 1876, — and in charge of the Construction of Military Wagon Road from Alamosa to Parrott City and Ft. Wingate, N. M., Sep., 1878, to Oct., 1879; as Asst. Engineer of Improvement

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 31, 1879)

of Great Kanawha River, Oct. 2, 1880, and in temporary charge, as also of Elk River, W. Va., Aug. 25, 1882, to Jan. 24, 1883; in command of Engine Company at Willet's Point, N. Y., July 2, 1883 (temporarily of School of Application and defensive works, July 18 to Nov. 10, 1883), to Aug. 11, 1884; in charge of Improvement of Mississippi River from Des Rapids to mouth of Illinois River, removing wrecks, etc., since Aug. 31, 1884; and as member of various Engineer Boards, 1886‑90.

Major, Corps of Engineers, July 2, 1889.

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

Military History. — Served: At Quincy, Ill., in charge improving Mississippi River between Des Moines Rapids and the mouth of the Missouri River, to Jan., 1892. — Buffalo, N. Y., in charge of harbors in  p165 east end of Lake Erie, and of Niagara River, to Oct., 1895. — Baltimore, Md., Lighthouse Engineer, 5th Lighthouse District, till Oct., 1897. — Charleston, S. C., in charge improvement of rivers and harbors in South Carolina, and of fortifications in the same; Lighthouse Engineer, 6th Lighthouse District, to ––––

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

Military History. — Oct., 1895 to Oct., 1897, at Baltimore, Md., Lighthouse Engineer, 5th District. — Oct., 1897 to Jan., 1900, Charleston, S. C., in charge of improving harbors and rivers in South Carolina: of fortifications, Charleston and Port Royal, and Lighthouse Engineer, 6th District (on leave for four months). — May, 1900 to April, 1901, New York City, in charge improving East River and sundry Long Island and Sound harbors. — April, 1901

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, April 13, 1903)

to January, 1906, Cincinnati, Ohio, in charge, improving certain tributaries of the Ohio River to July, 1905; and of general improvements to Ohio River, November, 1904 to January, 1906. (Leave of absence for four months). — July, 1906 to Sept., 1908, New Orleans, La., in charge Plaquemine Lock and mouths of the Mississippi River; Division Engineer of the Gulf Division. — Sept., 1908 to June, 1909, New York City, Member Board of Engineers and of New York Harbor Line Board. — (Member of various boards of engineers in interval covered).

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired June 24, 1909,
by operation of law.

— Residence, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born June 24, 1845.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 9, 1906.º

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired June 24, 1909,
By Operation of Law.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Sept. 9, 1906.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired June 24, 1909,
By Operation of Law.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: — Col., Ret., June 24, 1909.

Died, May 24, 1937, at Cincinnati, Ohio: Aged 92.

Buried, Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY.

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