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Michael Rudolph

Born: 1758

Death: Jan 1, 1795

Birthplace: Elkton

Nationality: United States

Michael Rudolph

Date of Birth : 1758
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1795
Birth Place : Elkton

Michael Rudolph, an officer in the United States Army, served as acting Adjutant General and acting Inspector General of the U.S. Army in 1793. Rudolph was born in Elkton, Maryland of parents of German descent, and received no formal education. In April 1778, at around the age of twenty, he enlisted in Lee's Legion, where he served for the duration of the American Revolutionary War. He was commissioned a lieutenant in July 1779, and in September 1779 was brevetted a captain for his actions in the Battle of Paulus Hook. He was discharged at the conclusion of the war and returned to civilian life. He returned to the Army in June 1790, as a captain in the 1st U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to major commanding the Squadron of Light Dragoons in March 1792. In February 1793, he was made acting Adjutant General and acting Inspector General of the U.S. Army. Shortly afterward, he was given command of Fort Hamilton, Ohio. There, he refused to postpone the execution of several soldiers for desertion even though he knew an appeal of their case was pending. Moments after the execution was carried out, a messenger arrived with orders reprieving some of the executed men.

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