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US Civil War Document -Original Letter Signed by BRIGADIER GENERAL George Ramsey

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An original United States Civil War document signed by Union Brigadier General George D. Ramsey.  



Here is General Ramsey's bio taken from site

Brigadier General George D. RamsayGeorge Douglas Ramsay was born in Dumfries, Virginia, on 21 February 1802,the son of a Scottish merchant who had been in business in Alexandria, Virginia, for some time. The family subsequently moved the short distance into Washington, D.C., and George entered the Military Academy in 1814 at the unusually early age of l2. He graduated six years later as the 26th man in the 31 man Class of 1820. Commissioned in the Corps of Light Artillery, he was assigned to the lst Artillery in 1821 when that branch was reorganized in to regiments. He served in various garrisons in New England and at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and on assignment with the Corps of Topographical Engineers. He was promoted first lieutenant in 1826 and became the adjutant of his regiment in 1833.


In February, 1831 Ramsay was promoted captain, in which grade he was to serve for twenty-six years while commanding several arsenals and during his subsequent service in the Mexican War. He won a brevet majority for gallantry in the Mexican War and served as Chief Ordnance Officer of the Army commanded by Major General Zachary Taylor. He returned to peacetime responsibilities as the commandant of several arsenals until assigned to serve on the Ordnance Board on the eve of the Civil War. With the coming of that conflict, his rise, heretofore glacial, was relatively meteoric. He was made a major in April 1861, a lieutenant colonel in August of that same year, and a colonel in June 1863.


When in September 1863, Ramsey was named to replace General Ripley, he was serving as Commandant of the Washington Armory. A friend of President Lincoln's, he was selected for his new post over the objections of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who had previously been irritated by Ramsay's independence, and who preferred the appointment of Captain George T. Balch (USMA 1851). A compromise was reached, though without Ramsay's knowledge. He was promoted to brigadier general and Chief of Ordnance, but Balch was given substantive charge of the Office, Chief of Ordnance. This increasingly unhappy arrangement continued for a year, during which time the policies of Ramsay's predecessor were followed virtually without alteration.


Ramsay was a pleasant person, hopeful of providing satisfaction to his superiors and not unreceptive to new ideas in the weapons field. His tenure, however, was too short, and he could take little decisive action in this area. Emphasis continued to be placed on seeing to it that adequate supplies reached the soldier on the fighting front. Following continuing difficulties with Secretary Stanton and Capt. Balch, Ramsay was relieved of his post in September, 1864. He then was made Inspector of Arsenals, a post he held until June 1866. (Captain Balch was soon transferred to West Point as an instructor in ordnance, and resigned from the service as a brevet lieutenant colonel in 1865.) Ramsay's last assignment was as commander of the Washington Arsenal, from which post he retired in February 1870, at the age of 68. In 1865, he was brevetted a major general for long and faithful service to the Army. Following his retirement, he lived in Washington, and died there at age 80 in May 1882.                            


This document is a guarantee of payment from Brig. General George D. Ramsey, Chief of Ordnance, that the United States Treasury will pay the recipient the sum of $20,352.50.  The document is hand-signed by Brig. General Ramsey, and was dated Nov. 23, 1863.  

This original United States Civil War document is framed.  

This original Civil War document is in exceptional condition.  

Specific Name Specific Value
Period U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 A.D.

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