Death Of John T. Ridgely, Veteran Of Confederate Army

December 12, 1929

Howard County’s Last Survivor of Lee’s Forces Dies At Farm Near Sykesville–Served as County Commissioner and Bank Director

John T. Ridgely, Howard county’s last survivor of the Confederate Army, died on Friday last. He followed Lee throughout the long struggle from the declaration of war to the surrender.

Mr. Ridgely, whose farm, “Bowling Green,” is near Sykesville, was born in 1842, in the same county in which he died. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined Company A, First Maryland Cavalry, commanded by Col. Ridgely Brown.

He fought with distinction in the first battle of Antletam, at Sharpsburg, Winchester, Gettysburg and Spottsylvania and others. At Gettysburg he was bodyguard and acted as curier to General Ewell.

Mr. Ridgely was the son of the late Henry N. Ridgely and the grandson of Dr. Charles O. Ridgely. The family traces its history back to Revolutionary times.

For many years Mr. Ridgely and William H. Forsyth and Dorsey M. Thompson, companions in arms, held annual reunions, but in the past few years both Mr. Forsyth and Mr. Thompson have died.

In 1870 Mr. Ridgely was elected to the Board of County Commissioners, which office he held for one term. For twenty-six years he was a director of the Sykesville National Bank.

Mr. Ridgely was one of the outstanding horse fanciers of the county and his farm was devoted almost entirely to stock raising.

In 1868 he married Miss Sarah A. Jervis who died two years ago. Mr. Ridgely is survived by five daughters: Mrs. Richard Dorsey, Mrs. Robert Rutzer, Mrs. Holmes Jones, Mrs. Relvis Baker and Mrs. Charles Carey; also two sons, Charles H. Ridgely, who is Register of Wills of Howard county, and Jervis Ridgely. There are eighteen grand-children and three great grandchildren.

The funeral services, which were very largely attended, were held at 2 p. m. on Sunday from his late residence, Bowling Green. Interment was in the family lot.

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