Brig. Gen. Rucker Led Colored Troops, Served Indian Wars

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Brig. Gen. Louis Henry Rucker, born in Illinois on Jan. 13, 1842, enlisted as a private in Capt. Barker’s Chicago Dragoons in April 1861 and subsequently in the Eighth Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. He was mustered out in April 1865. Gen. Rucker saw a good deal of service with the colored troops on the Western frontier under Gen. Welsey Merritt when he served in several Indian wars.

LS, Riggold Barracks, Texas, March 30, 1875, to Maj. J.W. Chichalls.

“I have the honor to enclose herewith my pay accounts in duplicate for the current month, also postage accounts for two months. Please reimburse in check…”

Comes with soldier history and a copy of Rucker’s obituary.

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