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Rufus King
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Rufus King: Sir, you will be remembered as a newspaper editor, educator, U.S. diplomat, and a Union brigadier general in the American Civil War. You were the grandson of Rufus King, delegate for Massachusetts to the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. After graduation from Columbia College, where your father, Charles King, served as president, you enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point. You graduated near the top of your class, and was appointed to the engineer corps in 1833 and resigned your commission in 1836. You were appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Minister to the Papal States in 1861. On your way to Rome when the Civil War broke out, you took a leave of absence to join the Army. You became appointed a brigadier general of the Wisconsin militia on April 15, 1861, and of U.S. volunteers on May 17, and was given authorization to raise a Wisconsin regiment. You helped organize what came to be known as the famous Iron Brigade, which you commanded briefly. However, before the Iron Brigade saw combat, you were promoted to command of a division (which included the Brigade) in the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The Division's first action was in the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862, but you had suffered a fit of epilepsy and could not command it and was replaced by Abner Doubleday. In December 1862, you served on the court-martial of Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter for disobedience and cowardice for his actions at Second Bull Run - which King himself had missed. Your epileptic seizures became more frequent, and you were unable to return to active duty. Finally, in October 1863, you resigned your commission, and took up your ministerial post. You were the father of Rufus King, Jr., of the U.S. Horse Artillery Brigade in the Civil War, and General Charles King of the Philippine-American War. After the Civil War, you were reappointed ambassador to the Vatican for four years. In 1865 you were instrumental in capturing John Surratt, thought to be one of the conspirators in Lincoln's assassination who had escaped to Europe. After returning to the United States in 1867, youworked as a tax collector in New York City, thanks for everything, happy 200th birthday!
 Added: Jan. 26, 2014

- Maggie
 Added: Jan. 26, 2014

- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Jan. 26, 2014

- Renae✫
 Added: Oct. 10, 2013
Happy Birthday, Rest in Peace
- Ann Joscher
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 4, 2012
I light a candle for Rufus King ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012

- Kim
 Added: Jan. 7, 2012

- Veteran's family
 Added: Oct. 13, 2011
Thank You.
- LaDene
 Added: Jan. 26, 2011
Remembering You..
- LaDene
 Added: Oct. 13, 2010
Class of 1833
 Added: Sep. 10, 2010

- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
 Added: Jun. 22, 2010

- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
 Added: Jun. 22, 2010
Thanks for serving!RIP sir!!!!
- karl anglin
 Added: Jun. 21, 2010

- God Bless You Dear Brave Soldier ~ Rhonda Sue
 Added: Jan. 26, 2010

- Southernatheart
 Added: Jan. 26, 2010

- muffin
 Added: Jan. 26, 2010
Thank you for serving our Country, sir!!
- LaDene
 Added: Jan. 26, 2010
To live in the hearts of those left behind is not to die. Rest in peace with the angels, happy birthday and God bless always ~ღ
- Frღm My Heart ♥♡♥
 Added: Jan. 26, 2010

- Satoris LeFier
 Added: Jan. 23, 2010

- LilyPondLane
 Added: Dec. 20, 2009
In memory of your serviceRIP sir!!!!
- karl anglin
 Added: Oct. 18, 2009

- Southernatheart
 Added: Oct. 13, 2009

- LaDene
 Added: Oct. 13, 2009

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Aug. 6, 2009

- LilyPondLane
 Added: Jul. 22, 2009

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- LilyPondLane
 Added: Apr. 10, 2009

- LilyPondLane
 Added: Mar. 16, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day. Rest in peace.
- LilyPondLane
 Added: Feb. 13, 2009

- C.L. Panagopulos
 Added: Feb. 5, 2009

- Ron Mac
 Added: Jan. 26, 2009
Sending blessings on the 195th anniversary of your birth. Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace.
- LilyPondLane
 Added: Jan. 26, 2009

- Republican
 Added: Oct. 13, 2008

- Bernadette Loeffel - Atkins
 Added: Jan. 26, 2008

- Bill Klauk
 Added: Oct. 13, 2007
Very Fondly Remembered On Your Demise Anniversary, General !
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Oct. 13, 2007
R.I.P. The Union Lives!
- The Mystery Man
 Added: Aug. 15, 2007
- garibaldi
 Added: Jan. 26, 2007
Thank you. Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Oct. 14, 2006

 Added: Apr. 8, 2006
HUZZAH! and God bless, Sir. You are remembered today. Happy Birthday!
Rest in peace always.
- in honor of the 47th NYVI Co. C.-Washington Grays
 Added: Jan. 26, 2006
192 today.RIP!
- thomas
 Added: Jan. 26, 2006
Happy Birthday In Heaven!
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Jan. 26, 2006
You were remembered today...
- Heather from VA
 Added: Oct. 13, 2005

 Added: Jan. 26, 2005
Know that you are remembered on your birthday. Rest in Peace.
- Doc
 Added: Jan. 26, 2005
BLUE for the UNION
and for your birthday, Sir!

You are not forgotten ~ rest well.
- Just another taphophile
 Added: Jan. 26, 2005
- quebecoise
 Added: Oct. 30, 2004
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