Milledgeville: 1868. Broadside, 10 x 8 inches. Old fold lines. Remnant of paper stub pasted to verso. Manuscript annotations. Minor wear and soiling. Very good. Item #174
An official roster of officers from Reconstruction Georgia, issued from the 33rd Infantry's Headquarters at Milledgeville. The broadside lists thirty-four men in order of their rank and indicating their current assigned duty, starting with Brigadier General Thomas H. Ruger, on duty serving as Provisional Governor of Georgia and commander of the regiment. It is signed at the bottom by a Lt. Campbell, presumably Second Lieutenant Lafayette E. Campbell, listed above, and by Orson C. Knapp, Captain and Adjutant, serving as commander of the station.
Thomas H. Ruger (1833-1907) graduated from West Point in 1854. He practiced law in Wisconsin until the outbreak of the Civil War, and was appointed Brigadier General in 1862. He served with distinction at Gettysburg and the Battle of Franklin, and at the end of hostilities in 1865 he was given command of the state of North Carolina, a post he held until resigning from volunteer service the next year. He subsequently joined the regular army and served in Georgia and Tennessee until he was given command of the state of Georgia in January 1868. That someone had been "detailed to duty" as governor of Georgia did not sit well with the locals. Ruger only served as provisional governor for six months before moving on to command the Department of Alabama and other similar Reconstruction postings. Georgia was under military rule until 1871 -- a brief but defining period in the state's history.
We find no copies of this ephemeral piece in OCLC. An interesting piece of Reconstruction history.