Capt. John B. Ruter was a native of New Albany, Ind., born Feb. 1, 1845. His parents, both of whom have long since passed away, were Martin H. and Doretha (Brown) Ruter. The maiden name of his wife, to whom he was wedded Dec. 26, 1871, in Bloomington, Ind., was Adalaid M. Pressell; she was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 5, 1846, and was a daughter of Henry and Martha (White) Pressell, parents long ago deceased. By this marriage there are three children: Martha H., Beulah P., Major Gordon deceased.† Comrade Ruter was a clerk when he entered the Federal army during the late civil war; he was enrolled Jan. 5, 1864, when 20 years of age as a private in Co. E, 13th Ind. Cav. And was subsequently promoted to 1st lieut. and Regtl. commissary. His term expiring, he was honorably discharged Nov. 2, 1864, at Nashville, Tenn., by reason of promotion to Regtl. commissary. While in active service, he participated with his Regt., in the battles of Nashville, Greensboro, Griersonís Raid and Mobile. He was granted a final honorable discharge Nov. 18, 1865, at Vicksburg, Miss., the war having come to a close. His wife had several relatives in the Union army. Comrade Ruter is a railroad clerk, and he resides in New Albany, Ind., where he may be addressed.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike