A Guide to the Daniel Ruggles Papers, 1846-1909
Soldier Daniel Ruggles (1810-1897), born in Barre, Massachusetts, graduated from West Point in 1833, fought in the Second Seminole War, and arrived in Texas in 1845, where he soon served in the Mexican War. In 1861, during the onset of the Civil War, he quit the U. S. Army and joined the Virginia Volunteers for the Confederacy as a brigadier general. He fought in several battles, including Aquia Creek, Mathias Point, and Shiloh, where he is remembered for directing the Confederate artillery barrage against the Union forces in the “hornet’s nest.”
Thorson, Lysa. “Daniel Ruggles.” Find a Grave. Accessed August 29, 2011.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11069.
Correspondence and newspaper clippings comprise the Daniel Ruggles Papers, 1846-1909, documenting his military career and business aspirations. Correspondence between Ruggles’ family, primarily his brother, concerns his experiences in the Mexican War, his work as a soldier in Texas during the 1850’s, and opportunities for entering the cattle business in the Fort Belknap area. Newspaper clippings concern the infringement of Ruggles patent concerning a method for precipitating rainstorms, General Dyrenforth’s rainmaking balloon, and an obituary for Mortimer B. Ruggles.
This collection is open for research use.
Daniel Ruggles Papers, 1846-1909, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers