LOT OF THREE POST-WAR MANUALS IDENTIFIED TO GENERAL THOMAS H. RUGER

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Thomas Howard Ruger was born April 2, 1833 in Lima, New York, and moved to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1846. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1854, third in his class of forty-six, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He resigned in 1855 to become a lawyer in Wisconsin.

Ruger was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861, and promoted to Colonel on August 20. He commanded his regiment in Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley campaigns. He participated in the Battle of Antietam, in which he was wounded while acting commander of a brigade in the 1st Division, 12th Corps. Commissioned Brigadier General of Volunteers in November 1862, Ruger led his brigade of the 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac, in the Battle of Chancellorsville, and commanded the division of Brig. Gen. Alpheus Williams temporarily at Gettysburg. In the summer of 1863, Ruger was in New York City, where he aided in suppressing draft riots.

Ruger led a brigade of the 20th Corps in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign until November 1864, and with a division of the 23rd Corps took part in the campaign against General John B. Hood's army in Tennessee. He was appointed a Brevet Major General of Volunteers, November 30, 1864, for services at the Battle of Franklin. Ruger organized a division at Nashville and led his command to North Carolina in June 1865, and then had charge of the department of that state until June 1866. He was mustered out of his volunteer commission, accepting a regular army commission as Colonel, July 28, 1866, and on March 2, 1867, was Brevetted Brigadier General, Regular Army, for his services at Gettysburg.

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 United States Military Academy from 1871 to 1876. Other commands he held were the Department of the South (1876-78), the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application (1885-86), the Department of Dakota (1886-91), the Military Division of the Pacific (1891), the Department of California (1891-94), the Military Division of the Missouri (1894-95) and the Department of the East (1895-97). In 1887 Ruger led the army's expedition into the Big Horn Mountains during the Crow War. He retired, in 1897, with the rank of Major General in the Regular Army.

He was a Veteran Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and an Honorary Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars.

He died in Stamford, Connecticut, and is buried in West Point National Cemetery.

All three of the manuals offered here are post-war. All meas. approx. 3.75 inches x 5.00 inches. All three are soft-covers and all three have loose front covers.

The first is “UNITED STATES ARMY ARTILLERY TACTICS” printed in New York by D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1878. Covers are red with a gold eagle and title embossed at center. Binding is worn but holding well. Front cover still retains its brass escutcheon. Interior is complete and runs 582 pages with index. Inside loose front cover in period ink is “THOS. H. RUGER.”

The second is “UNITED STATES ARMY INFANTRY TACTICS” by Bvt. Major General Emory Upton and printed in New York by D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1876. Covers are black with a gold eagle and title embossed at center. Binding is worn but holding well. Front cover still retains its brass escutcheon but half of it has come loose. Interior is complete and runs 445 pages with index. Title page and front cover are loose. Inside front cover in period ink is “THOS. H. RUGER.” Several pages bear notations in period ink. Page 49 has a sheet of paper tipped in with notes on the movement discussed in the manual.

Third is “INFANTRY DRILL REGULATIONS, UNITED STATES ARMY” printed in Washington, D. C. by the Government Printing Office 1891. Covers are blue with a gold title embossed at center. Binding is worn and starting to break. Front cover still retains half of its brass escutcheon. Interior is complete and runs 353 pages with index. Title page and front cover are loose. Inside front cover in period pencil is “GEN. RUGER’S OFFICE.”  [ad]

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