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Collection Number: 03534

Collection Title: John A. Ramsay Papers, 1852-1900.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 550 items)
Abstract John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the Civil War. The collection is primarily military papers of John A. Ramsay, including official correspondence, muster rolls, ordnance and quartermaster returns, orders, reports, and a variety of other military records, and Ramsay's postwar correspondence about the history of the unit. Also included is antebellum correspondence of Margaret L. Beall, later Mrs. John A. Ramsay, of Salisbury, N.C., from family and friends, mostly in Rowan County, Iredell County, and Davie County, N.C., including letters received while she was student at Edgeworth Female Seminary, Greensboro, N.C. The letters discuss social and family news. Margaret married first Julius D. Ramsay (died 1864), John's cousin. Letters between Julius and John show that Julius managed John's business affairs in Salisbury while the latter was serving in the army, and assisted him in obtaining supplies for his regiment.
Creator Ramsay, John A. (John Andrew), 1836-1909.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John A. Ramsay Papers, #3534, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by John Erwin Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., May 1961.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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John A. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was captain of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, which served with the Army of Northern Virginia throughout the Civil War.

Julius D. Ramsay of Salisbury, N.C., was a cousin of John A. Ramsay. His wife was Margaret L. Beall of Salisbury. After the death of Julius D. Ramsay in 1864, Margaret married John A. Ramsay.

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The collection is primarily military papers of Captain John A. Ramsay. Included are official correspondence, muster rolls, ordnance and quartermaster returns, orders, reports, and a variety of other military records, and Ramsay's postwar correspondence about the history of the unit. There is also personal correspondence of the Civil War period between John A. Ramsay at camps in various Virginia locations and Julius and Margaret Beall Ramsay. Letters between Julius and John show that Julius managed John's business affairs in Salisbury while the latter was serving in the army and assisted him in obtaining supplies for his regiment. Letters from John to Margaret after 1864 were apparently written in courtship. Also included is antebellum correspondence of Margaret L. Beall, from family and friends, mostly in Rowan, Iredell, and Davie counties, N.C., including letters received while she was student at Edgeworth Female Seminary, Greensboro, N.C. The letters discuss social and family news.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated.

About 250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly military and personal correspondence of John A. Ramsay while serving with the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, in Manassas, Fairfax, Centreville, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Martinsburg, Richmond, Culpeper, and other Virginia locations. Military correspondence is related to organizational matters, the procurement of supplies, and general orders. Personal correspondence is primarily between John A. Ramsay and his cousin Juluis, who apparently managed John's business affairs in Salisbury, N.C., while the latter was serving in the army. After 1864, there are letters of courtship from John A. Ramsay to Julius's widow, Margaret Beall Ramsay. Post-war correspondence of John A. Ramsay is related to Confederate veterans' affairs and historical inquiries. The earliest letters, 1852-1860, are addressed to Margaret L. Beall, from family and friends, mostly in Rowan, Iredell, and Davie counties, N.C., including letters received while she was student at Edgeworth Female Seminary, Greensboro, N.C. There are also some miscellaneous papers and clippings.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1852-1856 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1857-1860 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

1861 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 3-4

Folder 5

1862 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1863 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

1864 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

1865 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1867-1900 #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Undated and miscellaneous #03534, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1852-1900 and undated." Folder 11

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About 300 items.

Chiefly records of the Rowan Artillery, later Company D, 10th North Carolina Artillery Regiment, including bills, receipts, muster rolls, payrolls, and official orders and reports. There are also a few volumes including treasurer's records, attendance records, a roll book showing ranks and duties, and a pamphlet of rules and regulations. There are also a few historical sketchs, including one published by Walter Clark, and other data concerning the Rowan Artillery.

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Historical sketches #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Lists, undated #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 12-13

Folder 14a

Financial records, 1858-1861 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 14a

Folder 14b-14c

Record books #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 14b-14c

Folder 15a

Muster rolls, 1861 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15a

Folder 15b

Muster rolls, 1862 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15b

Folder 15c

Muster rolls, 1863-1864 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15c

Folder 15d

Miscellaneous records, 1861 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15d

Folder 15e

Miscellaneous records, 1862 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15e

Folder 15f-15g

Miscellaneous records, 1863 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15f-15g

Folder 15h

Miscellaneous records, 1864 #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15h

Folder 15i

Miscellaneous records, undated #03534, Series: "2. Rowan Artillery Records and Related Material, 1858-1865 and undated." Folder 15i

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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