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William P. Ramsdell, Civil War Soldier

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Title

William P. Ramsdell, Civil War Soldier

Subject

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Description

William P. Ramsdell
Born in Belchertown, Mass._Son of Porter Ramsdell,_by occupation a Machiniest,_Unmarried,_at the age of 28 enlisted for three years in the 14th Regiment of Infantry, Conn. Vols. Company D._He signed the enlistment roll, July 24th, 1862, at Rockville, Conn. and went into camp with the regiment at Hartford.
August 25th, 1862, broke camp and proceeded to Washington. Staid there one day, and went to “Camp Ethan Allen”, beyond Alexandria, Va._One week after, the regiment was ordered to proceed through Maryland and to participate in the campaign in that state.
September 17th; 1862, in the Battle of Antietam, while the regiment was changing position, Ramsdell was instantly killed by a fragment of shell, which struck the back part of his skull, and literally tore his head in pieces. Two comrades by his side were killed at the same time, and four others wounded. The three killed were buried together in one grave.
Ramsdell’s body was soon after exhumed, brought to Chicopee, and buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Source

Soldier's Record, Town of Chicopee

Date

ca. 1861-1865

Rights

Public Domain

Type

Text

Identifier

SR-220.0

Coverage

Chicopee (Mass.)

Files

SR-220.0.jpg

Citation

“William P. Ramsdell, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed December 8, 2016, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2663.