Lincoln Appoints "Rufus Ingalls . . . Brigadier General of Volunteers in the service of the United States"Abraham Lincoln Military Appointment Signed. One partially-printed vellum page, 15.75" x 19.5", Washington, May 10, 1864, appointing "Rufus Ingalls . . . Brigadier General of Volunteers in the service of the United States." Countersigned by Edwin Stanton as secretary of war. Both signatures are very bold. Seal of the U.S. War Office near the left edge. Fine.
Rufus Ingalls (1818-1893), a graduate of West Point, served in what is now New Mexico and California during the Mexican War. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Ingalls served as an aide-de-camp to Gen. George B. McClellan and chief quartermaster in the Army of the Potomac. During the war he would be reach a rank of major general by brevet. He remained in the army for another twenty years after the end of the war and, in 1882, was named Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army as a brigadier general. He retired from service the following year.
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