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Civil War Soldiers - Ruger
|Ruger, Thomas H., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born at Lima, Livingston county, N. Y., on April 2,
1833. He was graduated at West Point in 1854, and placed in the
engineer corps, U. S. A. He resigned on April 1, 1855, after service
at New Orleans, La., and practiced law in Janesville, Wis., until
June, 1861, when he became lieutenant-colonel of the 3d Wis. regiment.
He was made colonel on Aug. 20, and brigadier-general on Nov. 29,
1862, serving in the Rappahannock campaigns, commanding a division at
Gettysburg, and helping to put down the draft riots in New York in
1863. He guarded the Nashville & Chattanooga railroad in Tennessee
until April, 1864; then led his brigade, under Sherman, until
November, and on Nov. 30, 1864, was brevetted major-general of
volunteers for services at the battle of Franklin and placed in charge
of a division of the 23d corps against Gen. Hoods army in Tennessee.
Organizing a division at Nashville, he led it, from Feb. to June,
1865, in North Carolina, and then commanded that department until
June, 1866. He was made a colonel in the regular army on being
mustered out, July 28, 1866, and on March 2, 1867, was brevetted
brigadier-general for services at Gettysburg. He was detailed by Gen.
Meade on Jan. 13, 1868, as governor of Georgia, which duty he
performed until July of the same year. Gen. Ruger was superintendent
of the U. S. military academy at West Point, 1871-76; in command of
the Department of the South, 1876-78, having in charge the U. S.
troops in South Carolina during the state government troubles, and
later was in command of stations in the West and South. He was made a
brigadier-general on March 19, 1886. He had charge of the Department
of Missouri during April and May, 1886, and took charge of the
Department of Dakota in 1888. He was commissioned major- general on
Feb. 8, 1895, and was placed upon the retired list, April 2, 1897.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908