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Civil War Soldiers - Ramsay

Ramsay, George D., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Virginia in 1801, graduated at the United States military academy in July, 1820, and was assigned to the corps of light artillery as second lieutenant. In March, 1826, he was promoted to the grade of first lieutenant, and was made regimental adjutant in Dec. 1833, having served on topographical and ordnance duty prior to that date. In Feb., 1835, he was appointed captain of ordnance, and held that rank over twenty-six years, serving in command of arsenals, in the military occupation of Texas, and in the field in Mexico. During the Mexican war he was engaged in the battle of Monterey, in Sept., 1846, and received the brevet of major "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the several conflicts at Monterey, Sept. 23, 1846." From June, 1847, to the close of the war in May, 1848, he served as chief ordnance officer of the army commanded by Maj.-Gen. Taylor, in command of arsenals, and as a member of the ordnance board in 1860. He was promoted to be major of ordnance in April, 1861, lieutenant-colonel in Aug., 1861, and colonel in June, 1863. He was appointed chief of ordnance in Sept., 1863, with the rank of brigadier-general, U. S. army, and served in that position until Sept., 1864, when he was retired from active service under the act of July 17, 1862, being over the age of sixty-two years, but continued to serve by assignment, in command of Washington arsenal until June 8, 1866. On March 13, 1865, he was awarded the brevet of major-general, U. S. army, "for long and faithful service in the army." He died at his residence in the city of Washington, May 23, 1882.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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