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1854 William F. Ragsdale


CAPT  RAGSDALE 1854William Ragsdale became Mayor when William Williams resigned the position on July 1, 1854. Having served as Chattanooga’s postmaster from 1850 to 1852, at the time of his appointment, Ragsdale served as an officer of the Bank of Chattanooga.

When the War Between the States broke out in 1861, Ragsdale raised , Co. "A". "The Lookout Rangers." Men from Hamilton County. Organized June 15, 1861; accepted into Confederate service at Knoxville, August 1, 1861. Became Company "H", 2nd Regiment.

Following the Civil War, Ragsdale returned to Chattanooga and remained in the city until his death.

Photo by Phillip Stevens and Matt Lea