The Confederate Veteran Vol V, No. 5, August 1897, p 460
Mr. Ed Rogers, of Hillsboro, Tex., writes: “Dr. N. B.
Kennedy, Adjutant of Hill County Camp, died very suddenly of
heart-disease on August 10. He was very enthusiastic in
arranging the details of reunion for theb13th, but was promoted three
days before, and we had to move on without him. Dr. Kennedy was
born in Sumter County, Ala., in 1837. He joined the
Twenty-Seventh Alabama Regiment, but was soon detailed as assistant
surgeon of it and later was sent to the hospital service at Lauderdale
Springs, Miss., and then to the same service at Uniontown, Ala.
Confederate Veteran, Vol VIII, No 1, January 1900, pp. 84-85
Hon. Joseph Reid Ramsay
following sketch is by John A. Rogers:
When one whose life was eminently worth of emulation has passed
away it is fitting that some record should be made of the deed that
brought honor—some account preserved of those attributers of mind and
heart that endeared him to his associates.
For more than sixty years a resident of Sumter County, Ala., no
more well-rounded life was ever lived within its borders than that of
Joseph Reid Ramsay. On the 14th of October, 1853, he was married to
Sarah I. Wrenn. To them was born eleven children, seven whom are
living, residents of Sumter County, enjoying the heritage of a noble
ancestry and honoring in their lives an unblemished family reputation.
He entered the service of the Confederacy with the Fifty-Sixth
Alabama Regiment in September, 1862, serving with credit to the close
of the war. When the war was over he took and active and capable
part in the reconstruction of State and county politics. He was
four time elected to the State Legislature, in which body he wielded a
potent influence. Incorruptible, absolutely above the temptations
of place or power, his career as a public citizen is without
reproach. As a private citizen, in all his relations as
husband, father, and friend, his life was wholesome, sweet, and pure.
[included portrait here] He discharged his duty as a Christian
citizen. He made companions of his boys and their little friends.
His heart was as young and tender as their own, his sympathy for their
grief as great as was their sorrows. It was to this fact,
perhaps, as much as to his impartial decisions of their disputes that
he exercised a wonderful influence upon the youth of his
acquaintance. This influence is especially emphasized because of
the difference in age.
He possessed the unbounded confidence of his associates of
maturer years, acting often in the capacity of arbitrator in those
disputes common to country neighborhoods.
As a business man he was a success, and his obligations needed no
further guarantee than his promise to pay. A thing was either
right or wrong, receiving his indorsement or his condemnation as soon
as he could carefully consider the subject.
Mr. Ramsay was born in Pendleton District, near Pickens C. H.,
S.C., December 14, 1827, and died in Birmingham, Ala., on the 27th day
of June, 1899, to which place, he had gone for treatment, having been
in feeble health for years.
When told that the end was near, he accepted the fact with
courageous serenity born of supreme confidence in a life of rectitude
With love and respect growing out of an intimate knowledge of
life of my dead friend, this sketch of him is affectionately inscribed.
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