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Thomas H. Ruger in the Civil War
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Thomas H. Ruger in the Civil War

Thomas Howard Ruger (April 2, 1833June 3, 1907) was a lawyer and a Union general in the American Civil War. After the war he was a superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy. 2 April is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1833 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... The 21st Michigan Infantry, a company of Shermans veterans. ... The American Civil War (1861–1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America, between twenty-four mostly northern states of the Union and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ...


Early life

Ruger was born in Lima, New York, and moved to Wisconsin in 1846. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1850, third in his class of 46, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He resigned in 1855 to become a lawyer. Lima, New York refers to two locations south of the City of Rochester, New York in Livingston County, New York. ... State nickname: Badger State Official languages None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 17 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... United States Army Corps of Engineers logo The United States Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, is made up of some 34,600 civilian and 650 military men and women. ...


Civil War

Later years

Ruger participated in Reconstruction as the military governor of Georgia and in the Freedmen's Bureau in Alabama in 1868. He was the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy from 1871 to 1876 and retired in 1897 with the rank of major general in the regular army. He died in Stamford, Connecticut, and is buried in West Point National Cemetery. In the history of the United States, reconstruction was the period after the American Civil War when the states of the breakaway Confederacy were reintegrated into the United States of America. ... The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, popularly known as the Freedmens Bureau or (mistakenly) the Freedmans Bureau, was an agency of the government of the United States that was formed to aid distressed refugees of the United States Civil War, including former slaves and poor white... State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Other U.S. States Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Official language(s) English Area 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² (30th)  - Land 50,750 mi²/131,442 km²  - Water... The Regular Army is the name given to the permanent force of the United States Army that is maintained during peacetime. ... City motto: The City that Works State  - County Connecticut Fairfield Mayor Dannell Malloy Area  - % water 139 km² (52. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ...


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