“Amos M. Ramsdell, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, Chicopee Public Library.
Born in Belchertown, Mass. Son of Porter Ramsdell, by occupation a Machinist, unmarried, at the age of 24 enlisted at Springfield, Mass. September 23rd, 1861 for three years in the 5th Regiment of Cavalry, N.Y. Vols., Company D. Joined the regiment at Staten Island, N.Y., soon went with them to Baltimore, Md. and performed provost guard duty there. The next day after Thanksgiving, November 29, 1861, he was thrown from his horse and received a severe injury in his side. Taken to the hospital at Annapolis, and afterwards to the Headquarters of the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Discharged, January 16th, 1862, on account of physical disability.
Re-enlisted at Pittsfield, Mass. for three years in the 31st Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols., Company F. He accompanied the regiment to Lowell, thence to Ship Island, and New Orleans. His record is the same as that of his company given in the account of the regiment, with the following exceptions:
In July 1862, he was sick in hospital for two weeks.
August 25, 1863, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in Company B, 91st Regiment of Infantry, U.S. Colored Vols., having been previously detached from the 31st regiment in order to receive the commission.
Remained at Fort Pike, La. on garrison, outpost, and scouting duty till August 16, 1864, when he was mustered out of service with several other supernumerary officers. Returned to Chicopee.
Died in Chicopee, Mass., August 3, 1899.