William Alexander Rucker of Michigan
Born 17 May 1831 at Grosse Isle, Michigan
Appointed from Michigan, Captain, United States Volunteers, 30 Aug 1862 to 4
Appointed Additional Paymaster of United States Volunteers, 26 November 1862
to 19 May 1866
Appointed Major, Paymaster, United States Army, 16 April 1866
Appointed Lieutenant Colonel, Department of the Paymaster General, 1 October 1882
Appointed Colonel, Acting Paymaster General, 30 December1888
Breveted Lieutenant Colonel, United States Volunteers, 13 March 1865 for faithful and meritorious service during the war;
Died 22 January 1893
Buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
He was the brother of Daniel Henry Rucker, Major General, United States Army, who is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
FUNERAL OF COLONEL RUCKER
Washington, January 28, 1893 – The remains of Colonel William A. Rucker, United States Army, who died in Chicago last Sunday of pneumonia, were interred at the Arlington National Cemetery yesterday with military honors. Upon the arrival of the body in this city, it was conveyed to the residence of General D. H. Rucker, a brother of the deceased officer.
The body was removed to Arlington, being escorted by troops of cavalry from Fort Myer. The burial service was read by the Rev. S. W. Wood of St. John's Church. A large number of army officers were present at the interment, among them General Schofield, General Gibbons, General Batchelor, Captain Rogers, and Captain Maus of General Miles' staff who accompanied the body from Chicago. Colonel Rucker was a member of General Miles' staff and Paymaster of the Department of the Missouri.
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