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Civil War Soldiers - Rucker

Rucker, Daniel H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at Belleville, N. J., April 28, 1812, and entered the United States army as second lieutenant of 1st dragoons, Oct. 13, 1837. He was acting assistant quartermaster at Fort Gibson, Ind. Ter., from Feb., 1838, to June, 1839, at Fort Wayne, Ind. Ter., to April, 1840, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from July, 1840, to Oct., 1842, and again from July, 1843, to Oct., 1844, at which time he became first lieutenant in the 1st U. S. dragoons. He was stationed at Fort Towson, Ind. Ter., until the spring of 1845, and was then at Fort Washita and on recruiting duty until March, 1846. He was then in charge of recruits en route from Newport barracks to Fort Gibson, Ind. Ter., and then was stationed at Evansville, Ind., until July. He became captain in the 1st U. S. dragoons in Feb., 1847, and served in Texas and Mexico, participating in the Mexican war, until July, 1848. He was brevetted major in the U. S. army for gallant and meritorious conduct at the battle of Buena Vista, and after the close of the war made the trip to California, via Chihuahua, and was stationed at Los Angeles until Sept., 1849. He then was engaged in aiding overland emigrants, and was stationed at Sacramento City and Benicia, Cal., until December. He was transferred to the quarter-master's department of the U. S. army on Nov. 30, and was on temporary duty until March, 1851. He was stationed at Forts Union, Conrad, and Albuquerque, N. M., from Oct. 1851, to June, 1853, and at Fort Union, N. M., from Oct., 1853, to Feb., 1855. He was then in the field until April, and was depot quartermaster at Albuquerque, N. M., until Nov. 1860. He was depot quartermaster at Washington, D. C., from April, 1861, to Jan., 1867, having been promoted to major and quartermaster, U. S. A., in Aug., 1861, colonel and aid-de-camp in September, brigadier-general U. S. volunteers in May, 1863, brevet major-general U. S. volunteers for faithful and meritorious services during the war, colonel and assistant quartermaster-general U. S. A. in July, 1866, and he was acting quartermaster-general U. S. A. at Washington, D. C., from Jan., 1867, to June, 1868. He was brevetted brigadier-general U. S. A. for diligent and faithful services during the war, and major-general U. S. A. on March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious services during the war. Gen. Rucker was commissioned brigadier-general and quartermaster-general on Feb. 13, 1882, and ten days later was retired from the service, taking up his residence in Washington, D. C.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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