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    Andrew Ramsey Killed in Action at Bull Run - Inventory Number: GRO 082

    Grouping Including His Original Obituary and CDV of His Father a Navy Captain in the War

    “having had one horse shot under him, mounted another; he fell himself, his dying words encouraging his men to that duty which he was no longer able to perform. Thus has the country been deprived of one of its modest but gallant defenders.”

    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 (Manassas). 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.

    Also a CDV of his Father - Captain William Ramsay U.S. Navy – Born in 1805 in Virginia, Died October 11th 1866 (aged 60–61). Burial - Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia.

    Comes housed in 12 x 16 riker display case with red velvet and descriptive card.

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    Inventory Number: GRO 082