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    [West Point]. Thomas Ruger Archive regarding his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Comprised of eight documents spanning the years 1849 through 1855. Ruger (1833-1907) was initially turned down for an appointment to the prestigious school by Congressman Orsamus Cole in a letter dated March 16, 1849, "Our State is entitled to three Cadets . . . and there being two now, the Secretary of War has not decided as to which Congressional District the third shall come from, but I am of the opinion that he will not give me the power to appoint him," and then by Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Totten, chief engineer of the U.S. Army, in a letter date October 25, 1849, "I would advise . . . that you rely chiefly on a nomination by the Representative of your District." He was finally accepted the following year and received his official notice in an appointment, dated February 24, 1850, and signed by Secretary of War Charles Magill Conrad.

    With several other documents and letters dating from when Ruger was a cadet, including one, November 8, 1853, from future Union General Fitz John Porter inquiring "how many musicians were present at reveille this morning, and whether they were late or not." All in very good or better condition.

    Thomas H. Ruger (1833-1907), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, reenlisted in the volunteer army with the outbreak of the Civil War where he saw action at the Battle of Antietam and led troops at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He remained in the regular army after the war and was breveted a brigadier general for his actions at Gettysburg. He served as the military governor of Georgia and as head of the Department of the South during Reconstruction. He was superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy before being posted on the frontier, participating in the Crow War.


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