Charles was the son of John and Mary A. Ramsey.
On Oct 1, 1862 in Dubuque, IA he enlisted to serve in the Civil War. His rank at enlistment was 6th Sergeant. On Nov 14, 1862 he was mustered in to Company B, Iowa 6th Cavalry Regiment. He was mustered out on 12 Nov 1863.
They had six children, five of them were: William B, Charles D. Jr, Frank, Edward, and George Roy. I can't find the 6th child's name.
In 1900 only four of the six were still living. Three of those were Frank, Edward, and George.
By 1870 they were living in Genesee, IL and by 1880 they had moved to Dixon, where they remained.
About 1890, in Dixon, Charles put his name in to be Constable. He was Constable/Sheriff for many years.
Charles D. Ramsey was born in May of 1841 in Vermont. He was the son of John (B/Scotland) & Mary A. (B/Holland) Ramsey. During the "War of the Rebellion" Charles initially enlisted on Sept. 30th, 1861 while living in Colesburg, Iowa. He was mustered as a Private on Nov. 23rd. 1861 with Co. "B" of the 4th Regiment of the Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. He re-enlisted as a veteran with the 6th Iowa Cavalry Co. "B" on Oct. 18th 1862, and re-mustered on Nov. 14, 1862, at the rank of Sgt. He was returned to the 4th Cavalry as a deserter from that regiment on Nov. 12th, 1863. He again re-enlisted and mustered on Dec. 19, 1863 and served until wars end. He was mustered out for the final time Aug. 8th, 1865 in Atlanta, GA and returned to Iowa, probably Dubuque where he resided earlier.
The enlistment/muster records of the day are confusing and somewhat misleading due to the regiment changes and accuracy of the records from the period. It is believed that Charles was never actually a deserter as he applied for and received an "Invalids Pension" on Dec. 10th, 1888. Elizabeth again applied at the time of his death on Feb. 9th, 1905 and BOTH service units were listed, the 4th & the 6th Iowa Cavalry. In addition a new VA Memorial Marker was ordered by this author and was approved in 2015. This would never have been granted with any blemishes on his service records.
Contributor: Patrick Gorman (47496275)
CHARLES D. RAMSEY SERG. CO. "B" 6 IOWA CAV
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