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Civil War Soldiers - Ingalls
|Ingalls, Rufus, brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Denmark, Me., Aug. 23, 1818. He was graduated
at West Point in 1843, joined the riflemen but was transferred to the
1st dragoons in 1845, and during the Mexican war fought in the battles
of Embudo and Taos. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in 1847 and
assistant quartermaster with the rank of captain in 1848, and then
served in California and Oregon until the outbreak of the Civil war,
when he was ordered east and sent with a detachment to reinforce Fort
Pickens, Pensacola harbor. He joined the Army of the Potomac in July,
1861, and in September of that year was assigned to the staff of Gen.
McClellan with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was appointed major
in the quartermaster's department, Jan. 12, 1862, and was then chief
quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac until 1865. He was
commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, May 23, 1863, and
colonel and assistant quartermaster-general July 29, 1866. He was
present at the battles of South mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the subsequent battles till the
surrender of Lee, and at the surrender of the latter at Appomattox. He
was brevetted, on March 13, 1865, lieutenant-colonel, colonel,
brigadier-general and major-general in the regular army, and
major-general of volunteers, for faithful and meritorious services.
After the war he was on duty in Washington, D. C., as chief
quartermaster in New York, and subsequently at Chicago and Washington,
and on Feb. 23, 1882, was promoted brigadier-general and
quartermaster-general of the army. He was retired at his own request,
July 1, 1883, and died in New York city, Jan. 15, 1893.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908