Daniel Ruggles, a native of Massachusetts, was born at Barre, January 31, 1810, and was graduated from West Point in the class of 1833. He served in the Seminole War of 1839-40, and won the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious conduct at Churubusco and Chapultepec during the war with Mexico. Meantime he had married into a Virginia family. He resigned from the U. S. Army on May 7, 1861, and commanded the state forces on the Rappahannock. River line at the commencement of hostilities. Commissioned brigadier general on August 9, 1861, he was engaged at Corinth, before the battle of Shiloh, in receiving and assigning the troops forwarded there for Albert Sidney Johnston's army. During the battle he led the first division of Bragg's corps. Despite Grant's uncharitable opinion, substantially expressed in the words "if Ruggles is in command at Corinth, now is the time to attack," he rendered good service and aided in the assault which caused the surrender of Prentiss' division. Thereafter his duties were largely administrative. He exercised district and departmental command at various points, and was ultimately assigned to duty as commissary general of prisoners on March 30, 1865. After the war General Ruggles resided continuously in Fredericksburg, Virginia, except for four years spent managing a ranch in Texas. He was a member of the Board of Visitors to the Military Academy in 1884. He died at Fredericksburg in his eighty-eighth year, on June 1, 1897, and is now buried there.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.