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Adm Francis Munroe Ramsay

Adm Francis Munroe Ramsay

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 19 Jul 1914 (aged 79)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, Site 1103.
Memorial ID 42924816 · View Source
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His mother was Frances Whetcroft Munroe Ramsay, who died shortly after his birth. On June 8, 1869, he married Anna Josephine McMahon, the daughter of Patrick McMahon, who was a civil engineer from New York City at Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The Washington Post July 23, 1914
Last Honors To Ramsay
Funeral of Rear Admiral Is Held at St. Mathew's Church
The funeral of Rear Admiral Francis Munroe Ramsay, United States Navy, retired, was held yesterday morning at 11 o'clock at St. Mathew's Catholic Church, Rhode Island Avenue Northwest. Low requiem mass was read by Father S.L. Buckey. A delegation from the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and a military escort consisting of the Marine Band, enlisted men from the Mayflower and a detachment of cavalry from Fort Myer accompanied the body to Arlington National Cemetery where interment was made with full military honors.

The honorary pallbearers were Rear Admiral Joseph E. Craig, retired; Rear Admiral Hugo Osterhaus, retired; Rear Admiral Victor Blue; Captain John A. Hoogewerf; Captain H.P. Jones and Commander W.W. Phelps. The body bearers were enlisted men from the Navy.

The Washington Post July 21, 1914
Ramsay. On Sunday, July 19, 1914 at his residence, 1317 New Hampshire Avenue, Rear Admiral Francis Munroe Ramsay, United States Navy, retired, in the eightieth year of his age.

Funeral from St. Mathew's Church, Wednesday, July 22 at 11AM. Interment (private) at Arlington Cemetery.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Volume 6
Francis Munroe Ramsay, born in the District of Columbia 5 April 1835, was appointed Midshipman 5 October 1850. After training in Preble and in St. Lawrence, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1856. He subsequently served in Falmouth with the Brazil Squadron; in Merrimac on the Pacific Station; on ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard and in Saratoga on the African Station. On 23 March 1863, he assumed command of Choctaw, for duty in the Mississippi Squadron. In that gunboat, he participated in Yazoo River operations during April and May. Then on 7 June, he supported a Union garrison at Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, in holding off some 4,000 Confederate troops. Moving on to Vicksburg, he commanded a battery of heavy guns mounted on scows in exposed positions before the city, 19 June-4 July. After the capture of the river stronghold, he was given command of the 3d Division, Mississippi Squadron. During February and March 1864, he led expeditions up the Black and Ouachita Rivers and from mid-March to early May participated in Rear Admiral Porter's expedition up the Red River. On 28 September, he was transferred to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in command of Unadilla. He participated in amphibious assaults on Fort Fisher 24 December 1864 and on 13 January 1865 and in subsequent attacks against Fort Anderson and other forts along the Cape Fear River. In April, he assisted in removing torpedoes (mines) from the James River and was present at the capture of Richmond.

After the Civil War, Ramsay served in many and varied positions afloat - as Fleet Captain, South Atlantic Squadron and as commanding officer of Guerriere, Ossipee, Lancaster and Trenton. Ashore, he served at the Naval Academy, at Newport, in London as naval attaché and at Boston and New York as commandant of the Navy Yards. In 1889 he became Chief of the Bureau of Navigation and remained in that post until his retirement 5 April 1897. He was promoted to rear admiral on 5 April 1894 and died in Washington, D.C., 19 July 1914.



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  • Added: 10 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42924816
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Adm Francis Munroe Ramsay (5 Apr 1835–19 Jul 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42924816, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .