B R I G A D I E R    G E N E R A L
Name Ingalls, Rufus
Born August 23, 1818, Denmark ME
Died January 15, 1893 in New York, NY
Pre-War Profession Graduated West Point 1843, Mexican war, quartermaster service.
War Service September 1861 Lt. Col. and aide to McClellan, July 1862 chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac, May 1863 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, chief quartermaster of all armies around Richmond.
Brevet Promotions Brig. Gen. U.S.A. March 13 1865, Maj. Gen. U.S.V. March 13 1865, Maj. Gen. U.S.A. March 13 1865.
Post War Career Army service, quartermaster general, retired 1883.
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Brigadier General Rufus Ingalls

Patrick E. Fairbairn of Chambersburg, PA.  has been a Civil War buff for over 35 years, and is descended from a Civil War veteran. Pat's Great-Great Grandfather Inglis Fairbairn, who fought for the Union, was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, subsequently captured when he returned to duty at the Battle Of Resaca, Ga., and survived 9 months in the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville, Ga, "being then paroled and living to the age of 78".   

Besides being a founding member of the “Confederation Of Union Generals”, Pat is a former Vice President of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable, and current Book Editor for their monthly newsletter, “The Angle”. He’s also a former Adult Education instructor for Manor College Of Jenkintown, Pa. where he and his wife, Mary Ellen, taught a Non-Credit course in Slavery, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad as part of Manor College’s Civil War Institute Series.

Combining his love of that period of history with a desire to bring it to life for others in appropriate venues, Pat created this historical impression of General Rufus Ingalls for presentation to civic and social groups, Civil War Roundtables, re-enactments, and Living History events.

Should your particular group or organization be interested in an appearance by General Ingalls, Patrick E. Fairbairn can be contacted by phone at
(717) 352-9403 ; by email at Rufus.Ingalls@uniongenerals.org ; or by U.S. mail at 146 Camelot Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202
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Rufus Ingalls, as portrayed by Patrick E. Fairbairn in a 60 minute presentation, illuminates the challenges of the Quarter-Mastering trade; shares his experiences with, and views about, two well known commanders of the Eastern theatre armies, George McClellan and Ulysses S. Grant; and details the building of the giant Federal depot at City Point, Va., in June 1864, and the crucial role it played in the siege of Petersburg and the final undoing of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia.  Presenting his recollections in a first person, “in character” narrative, and attired in his Brigadier Generals’ uniform, his talk is laced with anecdotal remembrances that will entertain and inform the Civil War enthusiast and those with a general interest in the national tragedy of our country.