Rufus King


Rufus King Famous memorial

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 13 Oct 1876 (aged 62)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 5892268 View Source

Civil War Union Brigadier General. He was the grandson of Rufus King, delegate to the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Congress. Grandson King graduated near the top of his class at West point and was appointed an officer to the Engineer Corps in 1833. In 1861, he was appointed by President Lincoln as Minister to the Papal States of Italy, but when the Civil War broke out, he took a leave of absence to serve his country. He was appointed a Brigadier General of the Wisconsin militia on April 15, 1861 and given authorization to raise a Wisconsin Regiment. He succeeded in organizing what was known as the Wisconsin Iron Brigade but never commanded his unit in combat. In December, 1862, he was appointed as a justice on the Union Army Court Martial Board and resigned his commission in in October 1863 and resumed his Italy Ministerial post.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 25 Oct 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5892268
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rufus King (26 Jan 1814–13 Oct 1876), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5892268, citing Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .