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Rufus Ingalls Official Quotes
Grant to Sec. of War Stanton CITY POINT, VA., November 10, 1864
He was the first officer of his department, I believe, who proved capable of organizing and running all the machinery in it for the Army of the Potomac. There has been no other army in the United States where the duties of Quartermaster have been so well performed. The service of General Ingalls are too well understood at Washington to make it necessary for me to add more than my testimony that since I have been directly with the armies where he has acted as chief quartermasters his services have been all that could be asked, and such as but few could perform.
McClellan report of the Peninsula Campaign Fairfax Court-House, Va., March 13, 1862
When it was determined to move the army to the Peninsula, the duties of providing water transportation were devolved by the Secretary of War upon his assistant, the Honorable John Tucker. The vessels were ordered to Alexandria, and Lieutenant-Colonel Ingalls was placed in immediate charge of the embarkation of the troops, transportation, and material of every description. Operations of this nature on so extensive a scale had no parallel in the history of our country. The arrangements of Lieutenant-Colonel Ingalls were perfected with remarkable skill and energy, and the army and its material were embarked and transported to Fort Monroe in a very short space of time and entirely without loss.
STEWART VAN VLIET,  first chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac
I cannot close this report without calling particular attention to the very valuable assistance which I received on all occasions from Colonel Rufus Ingalls, the officer of the Quartermaster's Department next to me in rank with the Army of the Potomac. Of indomitable energy and great resource, he was always ready and prompt in the discharge of his duty.
The Civil War in the United States by Samuel M. Schmucker August 16--17 1862 (Evactuation of the Peninsula Depot)
Through the energy and skill of Colonel Ingalls, all the stores of subsistence and ammunition were safely removed on board the fleet of Federal transports which then lay at Harrison's Landing. Nothing of the least value was left behind.

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