★  Ruger, Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard Ruger

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Born:
April 3, 1833

Birthplace: Lima, New York

Father: Rev. Thomas Jefferson Ruger 1802 – 1878
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Wisconsin)​

Mother: Maria Hutchins 1804 – 1886
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Wisconsin)​

Wife: Helen Lydia Moore 1837 – 1912
(Buried: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York)​

Children:

Helen Moore Ruger Hay 1859 – 1920​
(Buried: Easton Cemetery, Easton, Pennsylvania)​
Anna M. Ruger 1867 – 1944​
(Buried: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York)​

Education:

1854: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (3rd​ in class)​

Occupation before War:

1854 – 1855: Brevet 2nd​ Lt. United States Army Engineers​
1854 – 1855: Assistant Engineer for Defenses of New Orleans​
1855: Resigned from United States Army on April 1st​
1856 – 1861: Attorney in Janesville, Wisconsin​
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Civil War Career:


1861: Lt. Colonel of 3rd​ Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 3rd​ Wisconsin Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army Infantry​
1863: Brigade Commander at Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Temporary Division Commander at Battle of Gettysburg, PA.​
1863: Helped Suppress the draft riots in New York City, New York​
1864: Served in the Atlanta Campaign as Brigade Commander​
1864: Division Commander during the Tennessee Campaign​
1864: Brevetted Major General for Gallantry at Battle of Franklin, TN.​
1865: Led his division in North Carolina​
1865 – 1866: Commander of Union Army Dept. of North Carolina​
1866: Mustered out of Volunteer Service on September 1st​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1869: Colonel of United States Army 33rd​ Infantry Regiment​
1866 – 1867: Regimental Commander in Macon, Georgia​
1867: Regimental Commander District of Chattanooga, Tennessee​
1867: Brevetted Brigadier General for Gallantry at Gettysburg, PA.​
1867 – 1868: Regimental Commander in Atlanta, Georgia​
1868: Provisional Governor for the State of Georgia​
1868 – 1869: Commander of U.S. Army Department of Alabama​
1869: Commander of U.S. Army Department of the South​
1869 – 1886: Colonel of United States Army 18th​ Infantry Regiment​
1869 – 1870: Regimental Commander in Atlanta, Georgia​
1871: Member of United States Army Retiring Board​
1871: Regimental Commander in Atlanta, Georgia​
1871 – 1876: Superintendent of West Point Military Academy​
1876 – 1878: Commander of U.S. Army Department of the South​
1878 – 1879: Regimental Post Commander in Atlanta, Georgia​
1879 – 1885: Regimental Commander District of Montana
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1885 – 1886: Regimental Commander at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas​
1886 – 1895: Brigadier General in United States Army​
1895 – 1897: Major General of United States Army​
1895: Special Duty for United States War Department​
1897: Retired from United States Army on April 2nd​
1897 – 1907: Retired living in Stamford, Connecticut​

Died: June 3, 1907

Place of Death: Stamford, Connecticut

Age at time of Death: 74 years old

Burial Place: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York
 
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Polloco

Major
Joined
Sep 15, 2018
Location
South Texas
Following the Draft riots Ruger was sent out west to command the unit guarding the supply lines during the Battle of Chattanooga. Someone needs to explain this situation. The division was assigned this duty because Slocum refused to serve under Hooker?
 

Saint Jude

Sergeant Major
Joined
Oct 15, 2018
Location
Heaven
I've always considered Ruger a very competent general who didn't rise to the rank of major general during the war because he had no political friends who could use their influence in his favor.
 

Michael W.

First Sergeant
Joined
Jun 19, 2015
Location
The Hoosier State
So after Ruger died, all of his military effects were kept intact by his family. His uniforms, swords, some weapons, accoutrements, and thousands of letters and documents were all kept together and passed down though his descendants. The last living descendant had no one to pass the collection on to, and fell on hard economic times. She consigned the entire collection to Cowan's Auctions in Cincinnati back in 2012. I was able to acquire one of his six swords, his first sword when he graduated West Point. It is a M-1852 Foot Officer's sword. I also acquired his crimson Colonel officer sash. His collection was absolutely incredible.
 

Michael W.

First Sergeant
Joined
Jun 19, 2015
Location
The Hoosier State
The letters and documents from that auction of his estate would be an invaluable treasure. I hope it was preserved.
Lubliner.
Unfortunately, because there were literally thousands of documents and letters, the collection was parted out, and the documents and letters were parceled into bundles and auctioned separately. His original 1854 West Point diploma was among them. It was signed by the then Commandant of the Academy. Robert E. Lee. It went for around $7,000.
 

Seduzal

Major
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Jun 19, 2013
Location
Canton, North Carolina
He had a very interesting career in the military both before and during the Civil War. Another piece of Civil War history found. Thank for sharing.
 
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