Cdv of Iron Brigade General Rufus King, the early war commander of one of the most famous brigades of the civil war.
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King, Rufus, brigadier-general, was born in New York city,
Jan. 26, 1814. He was graduated at the United States military
academy in 1833 and appointed to the engineer corps, but
resigned in 1836 and became assistant engineer of the New York
& Erie railroad, a position which he relinquished in 1839 to
become adjutant-general of New York. He was associate editor
of the "Albany Evening Journal" and of the Albany "Advertiser"
from 1841 to 1845, when he moved to Wisconsin, where he was
editor of the "Milwaukee Sentinel" until 1861. He served also
as member of the convention that formed the state constitution,
as regent of the state university, member of the board of
visitors to the U. S. military academy in 1849, and
superintendent of public schools in Milwaukee 1849-61. He was
appointed U. S. Minister to the Pontifical States in 1861 and
held the appointment from March 22 to Aug. 5, but did not serve
having offered his service to the governor of Wisconsin in the
Civil war. He was commissioned brigadier-general of state
volunteers, May 7, 1861, received his commission in the U. S.
volunteer service ten days later and served in the defense of
Washington from May, 1861, to March, 1862. He commanded a
division at Fredericksburg, Groveton, and Manassas was a member
of the commission to try Gen. Fitz-John Porter, was then on
waiting orders until March, 1863, and afterwards was in command
of Yorktown, Va., and subsequently of a division at Fairfax
Court House Va., until compelled by failing health to resign,
Oct. 20, 1863. Gen. King was then U. S. minister resident at
port of New York after that until 1869, when he retired from
Rome until July 1, 1867, and deputy collector of customs at the
public life. He died in New York city, Oct. 13, 1876.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 8