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Flowers left for Thomas Ruger
Thomas Howard Ruger: Sir, you will be remembered as an American soldier and lawyer who served as a Union general in the American Civil War. After the war, you served as a superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. You were appointed lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861, and promoted to colonel on August 20. You commanded your regiment in Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley campaigns. You participated in the Battle of Antietam, in which he was wounded while acting commander of a brigade in the 1st Division, XII Corps. Commissioned brigadier general of volunteers in November 1862, you led his brigade of the XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, in the Battle of Chancellorsville, and commanded the division of Brig. Gen. Alpheus Williams temporarily at Gettysburg. (Col. Silas Colgrove led the brigade in that battle, participating in the defense of Culp's Hill.) In the summer of 1863, you were in New York City, where you aided in suppressing draft riots. Also you led a brigade of XX Corps in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign until November 1864, and with a division of XXIII Corps took part in the campaign against General John B. Hood's army in Tennessee. You were appointed a brevet major general of volunteers, November 30, 1864, for services at the Battle of Franklin and organized a division at Nashville and led your command to North Carolina in June 1865, and then had charge of the department of that state until June 1866. You had mustered out of his volunteer commission, accepting a regular army commission as colonel, July 28,1866, and on March 2, 1867, was brevetted brigadier general, regular army, for your services at Gettysburg. You participated in Reconstruction as the military governor of Georgia and in the Freedmen's Bureau in Alabama in 1868 then was the superintendent of the United States Military Academy from 1871 to 1876, and retired, in 1897, with the rank of major general in the Regular Army. In 1887 you led the army's expedition into the Big Horn Mountains during the Crow War. You were a Veteran Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and an Honorary Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Jun. 3, 2013

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