Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: General George D. Ramsay

25 May 1882
New York Tribune



Washington, May 24 - Brevet Major-General George D. Ramsay, U.S.A., died last evening at his residence in this city.  The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon from St. John's Church with full military honors. The interment will be made in Oak Hill Cemetery.

George Douglass Ramsay was born February 21, 1802, at Dumfries, Va., Appointed a cadet at West Point from the District of Columbia August 20, 1814, he was graduated July 1, 1820, and entered the 1st Artillery as a second lieutenant.  In 1835 he entered the Ordnance Department as a captain. For gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles at Monterey he received the rank of brevet major September 23, 1846.  At the outbreak of the rebellion he was placed in command, as major, of the Washington arsenal. In 1863 he was made colonel and afterward brigadier general and chief of the Ordnance. September 12, 1864 he was retired from active service, being more than sixty-two years old. He continued on duty in command of the Washington arsenal and on the Board to examine Ordnance officers for promotion until February 21, 1870. He was made major-general by brevet in 1865 "for long and faithful service."

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