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Stephen D. Ramseur

Date of Birth:      May 31, 1837
Hometown:         Lincolntown, NC
Education:           West Point, 1860
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     October 19, 1864
Place of Death:    Meadow Mills, VA
Buried At:           Lincolntown, NC

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Early's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign, Battle of Cedar Creek

Interesting Fact(s):    Ramseur, an 1860 West Point graduate, would resign his U.S. Army commission, on April 6, 1861.  Entering the Confederate service, as an artillery captain, he would be assigned to John Magruder's defense, at Yorktown, during the Peninsula Campaign.  In April 1862, he would be elected colonel of the 49th North Carolina Infantry, a regiment he would lead with distinction, during the Seven Days.  He would be severely wounded, at Malvern Hill.  He would be promoted, brigadier general, in November 1862, and would lead his brigade at Chancellorsville.  He would bravely lead his brigade at Gettysburg, and during the Overland Campaign.  Ramseur would be wounded, for the third time, at Spotsylvania Court House.  During the summer, of 1864, he would be detached, with Jubal Early, to campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, and northern Virginia, and Maryland.  In June, 1864, he would be promoted major general - a day after he turned 27.  At the battle of Cedar Creek, on October 19, 1864, Ramseur would be mortally wounded.  He would die on October 20, after finding out, the night before, that his wife had given birth to a daughter.

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