George D. Ramsay
(Ap’d D. C.)………26
– Cadet at the Military Academy, Aug. 20, 1814, to July 1, 1820, when he was
graduated and promoted in the Army to
Second Lieut., Light
Artillery, July 1, 1820.
Second Lieut., 1st
Artillery, in Re-organization of Army, June 1, 1821.
garrison at New England Posts, 1820-23; on Topographical
(First Lieut., 1st
Artillery, Mar. 1, 1826)
duty, Jan. 30, 1824, to
Mar. 6, 1828; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for
Practice), 1828; on Topographical duty, Dec. 2, 1828, to dec. 31, 1833; as
Adjutant, 1st Artillery, at Regimental headquarters, Dec. 1,
1833, to Feb. 25, 1835; as Assistant Ordnance Officer,
(Captain, Ordnance, Feb.
at Washington Arsenal, D.
C., 1835; on leave of absence in Europe, 1835-36; in selecting site for
North Carolina Arsenal, 1836; in command of New York Ordnance Depot, 1836,
-- of Washington Arsenal, D. C., 1836-38, -- of Frankford Arsenal, Pa.,
1838-40, and as Ordnance Officer at Camp Washington, near Trenton, N. J.,
1839, -- of Augusta Arsenal, Ga., 1840, -- and of Frankford Arsenal, Pa.,
1840-45; in Military Occupation of Texas, as Ordnance Officer at Corpus
Christi and Point Isabel, 1845-46; in the War with Mexico, 1846-48, being
engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21-23, 1846, -- and as Chief of
(Bvt. Major, Sep. 23, 1846, for Gallant and
Meritorious Conduct in the Several Conflicts at Monterey)
Ordnance of the Army
commanded by Major-General Taylor, June 5, 1847, to May 11, 1848; in command
of Frankford Arsenal, Pa., 1848-51, -- of Ft. Monroe Arsenal, Va., 1851-55,
-- of St. Louis Arsenal, Mo., 1855-58, -- and of Washington Arsenal, D. C.,
1858-61; and as Member of
(Major, Ordnance, Apr. 22,
Ordnance Board, June 12 to
Dec. 28, 1860.
Served during the Rebellion
of the Seceding States, 1861-66: in command
Aug. 3, 1861)
of Washington Arsenal, D.
C., 1861-63; as Chief of Ordnance of
(Colonel, Ordnance, June 1, 1863)
the U. S. Army, in charge
of the Ordnance Bureau at Washington, D. C.
(Brig.-General, and Chief
of Ordnance of the U. S. Army, Sep. 15, 1863)
Sep. 14, 1863, to Sep. 12,
1864; and as Inspector of Arsenals, etc.,
(Retired from Active
Service, Sep. 12, 1864,
Under the Law of July 17,
1862, He Being Over “The Age of 62 Years”)
Sep. 12, 1864, to June 8,
command of Washington Arsenal, D. C., June 8, 1866, to Feb. 21, 1870; and as
Member of Board to examine Ordnance Officers for Promotion, Mar., 1867.
Bvt. Major-General, U. S.
Army, Mar. 13, 1865, for Long and Faithful Services in the Army.
Died, May 23, 1882, at
Washington, D. C.: Aged 80.
Upon the death of
Bvt. Major-General Ramsay the following order was issued by the War
“It becomes the
painful duty of the Secretary of War to announce to the Army the death of
brevet Major-General George D. Ramsay, Brigadier-General, U. S. Army
(retired), who died at his residence in this city on the 23d of May, 1882.
graduated at the Military Academy in July, 1820, and was assigned to the
Corps of Light Artillery as Second Lieutenant. In June, 1821, when the four
regiments of artillery were organized, he was attached to the 1st
Regiment. In March, 1826, he was promoted to the grade of First Lieutenant,
and was made Regimental Adjutant in December, 1833, having served on
topographical and ordnance duty prior to that date. In Feb., 1835, he was
appointed Captain of Ordnance, and held that rank for over twenty-six years,
serving in command of arsenals, in the military occupation of Texas, and in
the field in Mexico. During the Mexican War he was engaged in the Battle of
Monterey, in Sep., 1846, and received the brevet of Major ‘for gallant and
meritorious conduct in the several conflicts at Monterey, Sep. 23, 1846.’
From June, 1847, to the close of the war in May, 1848, he served as Chief
Ordnance Officer of the Army commanded by Major-General Taylor, in command
of arsenals, and as a member of the Ordnance Board in 1860. He was promoted
to be Major of Ordnance in April, 1861, and Lieutenant-Colonel in August,
1861, and Colonel in June, 1863. He was appointed Chief of Ordnance in
Sep., 1863, with the rank of Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, and served in
that position until Sep., 1864, when he was retired from active service
under the Act of July 17, 1862, being over the age of sixty-two years, but
continued to serve, by assignment, in command of Washington Arsenal until
June 8, 1866. Mar. 13, 1865, he was awarded the brevet of Major-General, U.
S. Army, ‘for long and faithful service in the Army.’”
died in the eighty-first year of his age, having enjoyed, almost to the very
last, “a green old age,” with but few serious infirmities, and leaving only
very few survivors of those who preceded or accompanied him to the Military
Academy in 1814. During his long military service he faithfully earned a
high repute for official integrity and personal excellence, well meriting