William W Ramsdell

BirthJune 5, 1837
DeathOct. 6, 1936
CemeteryExeter (Exeter)
PostWilson (Geneva)
Unit6th Michigan Cavalry, Company L

First Sergeant William W Ramsdell

Company L, 6th Michigan Cavalry

Ramsdell was born in Calhoun County, Michigan on June 5, 1837. He was residing in Pavilion (Kalamazoo County), Michigan when he enlisted in the regiment on August 16, 1862. Ramsdell was mustered on October 11, 1862 and served over 3 years. He was discharged on November 24, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ramsdell enlisted as a private and was promoted to quartermaster sergeant (April 18, 1864) and to first sergeant on September 1, 1864.

The 6th Michigan Cavalry was organized at Grand Rapids between May 28 and October 13, 1862. During Ramsdell’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of Falling Waters (MD) (July 14, 1863). Regimental losses were 22 killed, 19 wounded, 12 captured, and 3 reported missing.

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Battle of Trevillian Station (VA) (June 11-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 11 killed, 12 wounded, and 70 captured in 2 days of fighting.

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August 7-November 28, 1864).

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).

Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 21, 1864).

Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

The regiment was reassigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on June 1, 1865. It was part of the Powder River Campaign and performed operations against Indians until it was mustered out on November 7, 1865.

Ramsdell died on October 6, 1936 at the age of 98 years. He is buried in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter (Fillmore County), Nebraska. Ramsdell was a member of the Wilson Post (#22) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Geneva, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.