Approximately 8 ½ x 14 ship’s manifest for the Sloop Delaware of Claremont Delaware designating the shipment of Ballast sent by Captain GEORGE DOUGLAS WISE and consigned by Colonel DANIEL HENRY RUCKER destined for Washington, DC on April 26, 1864. Neither man has signed the manifest. But both were influential in the Quartermaster Department in Washington, DC.
WISE was the second cousin of politician and Confederate General Henry A. Wise. He was appointed captain and assistant quartermaster on September 21, 1861. For the next few years, he served in the Western Gunboat Flotilla and in 1864, he was appointed Chief of the Ocean and Lake Transportation Division of the Quartermaster Department. In 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Wise for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers. The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on March 12, 1866.
RUCKER was a career officer in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned in 1837 and served for nearly 45 years, including during the American Indian Wars, Mexican-American War and the Civil War. He attained the rank of Brigadier General and was most notable for his service as Assistant Quartermaster General of the Army. Rucker received brevet promotions to major general of the United States Volunteers and major general in the Regular Army.
When Confederate forces threatened Washington, DC, in the summer of 1864, Rucker participated in the Civil War Defenses of Washington by organizing available quartermaster soldiers as the First Brigade, which he commanded in and around Fort Stevens.
Folds, light toning.
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