Chiefs of Ordnance
Listing of Chiefs in Chronological Order
(Click on Chief's name for bio.)
* From 1821 to 1832, the Ordnance Department merged with Artillery. By 1832, it was recognized that this was a failure and they were separated to their original status.
** The office of Chief of Ordnance was officially reestablished after a 23 year interim period.
Acting Chiefs of Ordnance
Major Charles Shaler
Maj. Charles Shaler served as acting Chief of Ordnance, 29 March to 5 April 1899, upon the death of Brig. Gen. Flagler until Brig. Gen. Adelbert Rinaldo Buffington could assume the position of Chief of Ordnance.
Colonel Rogers Birnie
Col. Rogers Birnie served as acting Chief of Ordnance while Brig. Gen. William Crozier served as President of the Army War College during the 1912-1913 academic year.
Brigadier General Charles B. Wheeler
Brig. Gen. Charles B. Wheeler served as acting Chief of Ordnance from 2 December 1917 to 19 April 1918.
Brigadier General William S. Pierce
Brig. Gen. William S. Pierce served as acting Chief of Ordnance from 19 April until 2 May 1918.
Brigadier General Colden L'Hommedieu Ruggles
Brig. Gen. Colden L'Hommedieu Ruggles served as acting Chief of Ordnance 1 April to 3 June 1930.
This page last updated: August 14, 2019