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1LT Andrew Douglas Ramsay

1LT Andrew Douglas Ramsay

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Death 21 Jul 1861 (aged 37)
Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Chapel Hill, Lot 653.
Memorial ID 37279703 · View Source
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Lieutenant, United States Army

He was the son of William Wilson Ramsay and Elizabeth Margaret Peter. His remains were removed from Bull Run, Virginia and reinterred at Oak Hill December 14, 1898.

Andrew Douglas Ramsay was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the First Artillery June 7, 1855. On the eve of the Civil War he served at Fort Duncan, Texas under then Captain William H. French. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on February 25, 1861 and left Texas on the S.S. Daniel Webster on March 19, 1861. Fate decreed a soldier's death for Ramsay who was killed in action July 21, 1861 while second in command of the unfortunate Ricketts' Battery during the battle of First Bull Run (Mananas). This unit also known as Battery I of the 1st United States Artillery Regiment consisted of six 10 pounder Parrott rifle guns and was commanded by Captain James B. Ricketts. Ricketts' and Griffen's batteries were posted on Henry Hill, which became the epicenter of the battle. Confederate infantry of Jackson's brigade were mistaken for friendly forces and were able to close with the batteries and devastate them. Ramsey was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter while gamely trying to recover the guns of the wrecked battery during a Union counterattack.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 19 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37279703
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Andrew Douglas Ramsay (10 Oct 1823–21 Jul 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37279703, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .