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James Fowler Rusling
Birth: Apr. 14, 1834
Warren County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 1918
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. An 1854 graduate of Dickinson College, he entered the Pennsylvania Bar in 1857, and the New Jersey Bar in 1859, and served as the Morris County solicitor just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. When the war erupted in April 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army, receiving a commission of 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster of the 5th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 5, 1861. He served in that capacity through the organization and training of the unit, and during its first taste of combat in the Spring 1862 Peninsular Campaign. His able administrative skills were noticed by superiors, and resigned his New Jersey commission on June 21, 1862 to accept a commission of Captain in the Union Army's Volunteer Quartermasters Corps. He was then assigned as the Assistant Quartermaster on the staff of Brig. General Joseph B. Carr, where he served from June 1862 to May 1863, when he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and made Assistant Quartermaster for III Corps commander Maj. General Daniel E. Sickles. He served in this role until after the Gettysburg Campaign (which saw the III Corps get wrecked and greatly reduced), after which he was detailed as the Chief Assistant Quartermaster for the Department of the Cumberland. As the war was winding down, he was promoted to Colonel, and made full time Inspector of the QM Department. He remained in the Army well after the end of the conflict, being brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on February 16, 1866 for "faithful and meritorious services", and being mustered out in September 1867. He returned to his law practice, rising to prominence in Trenton, New Jersey, where he engaged in both law, real estate, and was a pension agent right up until his passing in that city in 1918. Considered a keen observer of his times, he published several books, such as "Men and Things I Saw in Civil War Days" (1899), his observations of his Civil War experiences, "The Great West and Pacific Coast" (1877), which detailed his experiences while making an Inspection tour of the American Western Frontiers in 1866 and 1867, and "European Days and Ways" (1902), a work that gave an American eyewitness perspective of Europe in the opening days of the 20th Century. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
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  Mary F Winner Rusling (1833 - 1858)*
  Emily Elizabeth Wood Rusling (1847 - 1927)*
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Riverview Cemetery
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section U, Lots 47-49
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Mar 02, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8461618
James Fowler Rusling
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James Fowler Rusling
Added by: Russ Dodge
James Fowler Rusling
Added by: Russ Dodge
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Thank you sir for your service to our country during our American Civil War. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Apr. 2, 2016

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014
Companion #02110 - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S.
- Jeffry Burden
 Added: Jan. 19, 2013
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