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R. King, Jr.

R. King, Jr.

Federal (USA)


Rufus King, Jr.

(1838 - 1900)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Officer

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Batteries A and C

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Private in Company F, 7th New York Militia, and served from April to July 1861. He then was appointed 2nd and 1st Lieutenant, 4th US Artillery. He served with combined Batteries A and C, including command at White Oak Swamp in June 1862, for which action he was later awarded the Medal of Honor.

On the Campaign

He served again with the combined Batteries A and C in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was honored by Brevet to Captain for "gallant and meritorious service at the battle of White Oak Swamp", and Major in 1865 for "good conduct and gallant service during the War".

After the War

He was promoted to Captain 4 April 1869, and was honorably mustered out of the Army on 1 January 1871.

References & notes

Service summary from Heitman.1 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph titled Culpeper, Va. Group of officers with gun at artillery headquarters taken in September 1863 (Library of Congress).

He was a son of BGen. Rufus King who commanded the First Division, First Army Corps at the start of the Maryland Campaign. Younger brother Charles King was USMA Class of 1866.


03/21/1838; New York City, NY


03/18/1900; New York City, NY; burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 600  [AotW citation 389]