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Brigadier-General Thomas H. Ruger, U.S.A.
Brigadier-General Thomas H. Ruger, U.S.A.
Brigadier-General Thomas H. Ruger was born in New York, and graduated
from the U. S. Military Academy July 1, 1854, when he was appointed brevet
second lieutenant Corps of Engineers. He served at New Orleans, Louisiana,
in 1854-55, and resigned from the service April 1, 1855.
In civil life he was counsellor-at-law at Janesville, Wisconsin, from 1856
to 1861, when he again entered the service as lieutenant-colonel of the
Third Wisconsin Volunteers, serving in command of his regiment in
operations in Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley from July, 1861, to
August, 1862, in the mean time having been promoted colonel of his
regiment, to date from August 20, 1861.
Colonel Ruger was engaged in the movement to Harrisonburg, Virginia,
February, 1862; combat of Winchester, May 25, 1862; retreat to
Williamsport, Maryland, May, 1862, and advance to Little Washington,
Virginia, July, 1862; in the Northern Virginia campaign, being engaged in
the battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862; in the Maryland campaign
(Army of the Potomac), being engaged in the battle of Antietam, and
subsequent march to Falmouth, Virginia.
He was appointed brigadier-general U. S. Volunteers November 29, 1862, and
commanded a brigade in the Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac, in the
Rappahannock campaign, being engaged in the battle of Chancellorsville,
May 2-4, 1863; in the Pennsylvania campaign, being engaged in the battle
of Gettysburg (where he commanded a division), July 1-3, 1863, and
subsequent march to Warrenton, Virginia. He participated in suppressing
the draft-riots in New York City, August to September, 1863, and when that
trouble ceased was on duty in Tennessee, October, 1863, to April, 1864. He
was then assigned to the command of a brigade of the Twentieth Corps in
the invasion of Georgia, being engaged in the battles of Resaca, May 15,
1864, and New Hope Church, May 25, 1864; action of Kulp House, June 22,
1864; combat of Peach-Tree Creek, July 20, 1864, and in numerous
skirmishes on the march from May to July, 1864; siege of Atlanta, July 22
to September 2, 1864, and occupation of Atlanta, September 2 to November
8, 1864. He commanded a division of the Twenty-third Corps in the
Tennessee campaign against the rebel army of General Hood, November 15 to
December 8, 1864, being engaged in operations about Columbia and battle of
Franklin, Tennessee, November 30, 1864.
||He then organized the First
Division of the Twenty-third Corps, and was in command of. his
division in the operations in North Carolina, being engaged in the
movement up the Neuse River, February to March, 1865; action at
Wier's Fork, near Kinston, March 10, 1865; surrender of the
insurgent army under General J. E. Johnston at Darien Station, April
26, 1865, and in command of the Department and District of North
Carolina, June 27, 1865, to September 1, 1866, when he was mustered
out of the volunteer service, having been reappointed in the U. S.
Army, with the rank of colonel of the Thirty-third Infantry, July
General Ruger was brevetted major-general U. S. Volunteers November
30, 1864, for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of
Franklin, and brevet brigadier-general U. S. Army, March 2, 1867,
for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Gettysburg.
While in command of his regiment at Atlanta, he was made provisional
governor of the State of Georgia from January 13 to July 4, 1868, and was
in command of the District of Alabama to February 1, 1869. He was
transferred to the Eighteenth Infantry March 15, 1869.
General Ruger commanded the Department of the South from March 5 to May
31, 1869, and, after serving with his regiment until September 1, 1871,
was detailed as superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy, where he
remained until September 1, 1876; he was then placed in command of the
Department of the South to July 1, 1878. He commanded Fort Assinaboine,
together with the District of Montana, to October 1, 1879, and then
commanded the District of Montana to May 13, 1885. He commanded his
regiment and the post of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Infantry and
Cavalry School of Application from June 29, 1885, to April 8, 1886, when
he was appointed brigadier-general U. S. Army March 19, 1886, and assigned
to the command of the Department of the Missouri, remaining to May 4,
1886, and then transferred to the Department of Dakota, which command he
retained until April, 1891, when he was transferred to the command of the
Military Division of the Pacific. The military divisions being
discontinued in July, 1891, General Ruger was assigned to the command of
the Department of California, which he now retains.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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