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Lorain Ruggles
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Birth: Jun. 17, 1823
Copley
Summit County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1902
Grand Traverse County
Michigan, USA

He was a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. He wrote a book, "Four Years a Scout & Spy". They called him General Bunker. (He wasn't a General)

"C Lorain Ruggles was a member of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Mississippi-Tennessee theater as a scout, spy & detective. He claimed to be the brother of a Confederate General, in whose command he sometimes operated. Ruggles expressed his philosophy as follows: "People often ask me "What is the essential
qualification of a good spy ?" My answer is "It requires an accomplised liar". I mean by that a man that can successfully practice deception. I do not mean that a man must be a habitual liar. There is nothing that I despise more than a man whose word cannot be relied upon. Whether deception, as I have practiced it in the discharge of my duty as a spy, is a moral wrong, I shall not attempt here to argue. Of this much I am sure; it has many times saved my life and perhaps the lives of thousands of others, besides saving immense sums of money to the Government.

One of Ruggles' superiors, Brigadier General Wiles, stated that "I never knew him to give false information," and Ruggles' book contains several official comments on his success. Ruggles' book is titled, Four Years a Scout and Spy. It was ghost written for him by one of his officers, Major Edward C Downs, who enlisted Ruggles in 1861. The book went through severel editions and in a later edition, Ruggles listed himself as the author and eliminated Major Downs' introduction. The title was also changed to Perils of Scout-Life"

Repository, Canton Ohio, Fri. Aug. 27, 1880, Page 3

"Thursday afternoon Lorain Ruggles, employed on the Connotton Northern Railroad, near Kent, had a leg badly smashed and broken by a heavy log fall on it."
 
 
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 Children:
  Marion Loraine Ruggles (1856 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Army-Civil War
 
Burial:
Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Plot 4, Row 13, Grave 30
 
Maintained by: Betty
Originally Created by: DUVCW
Record added: Nov 11, 2006
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- Jim Henwood
 Added: May. 18, 2013

- Diddy & Doodle
 Added: Jan. 1, 2013
Company H-20th Ohio Infantry
- DUVCW
 Added: Dec. 31, 2006
 
 
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