Page: Captain John Ritter 1816-1902
Title: County Heritage, Inc. PO Box 34 Waynesville, NC 28786 Copyright 2005 The Moore County Heritage Book Committee County Heritage, Inc. 2003 Northwest Section: Bensalem-Ritter-Sheffield Townships Compiled by: Doris Myers Brewer and Jocelyn Brabham Barrett Cemetery Records of Moore County North Carolina Northwest Section (4279 NC 109 Troy North Carolina 27371: A.P.T., 2003)
Page: Sheffield Township Page 206
Text: Row 14 Grave 30-a
Note: haracter from Upper Moore County. He was the son of Thomas Wesley Ritter 1786-1821 and Dolly Garner est.1790-1840. His annual birthday celebration was a long awaited social gathering for folks in the late 1800s on up until the time of his death. Every year he adorned himself in his ceremonial militia uniform complete with sword and led a group of friends and family on a march to the Ol' Red Chimney and back. Witnesses would later attest to their children and grandchildren. "Capt. John played a darn-good fife". His musical ability was just another in the magical menagerie the man seemed to possess. He was a very precise carpenter and cabinetmaker. When called upon he was a very capable doctor and dentist. Capt. John was also an artisan gunsmith a trade likely acquired from neighbor and relative Lewis Garner. Many a young boy has grownup in the Deep River areas of Moore County shouldering a cornstalk while pretending to be Capt. John. He was undoubtedly the stuff that legends are made of. Before the Civil War John Ritter held the rank of Captain in Moore County's District 8 of the NC Militia. It was among his duties to see to the training and preparedness of all able bodied men in his district. A muster notice dated 9-29-1855 and signed by Capt. John Ritter is a testimony to this fact. Militia officers were initially exempt from the draft. In July of 1863 the Confederated Congress enacted the 'Home Guard Act' Home Guard regiments replaced the militia throughout the South The act required all militia officers to serve a specified amount of time in the Home Guard while having their militia rank suspended. John Ritter became part of a unit of men responsible for guarding the Confederate Arsenal at Fayetteville. The Arsenal was eventually abandoned during the later days of the war in the face of General Sherman's advance. On March 11 1865 Fayetteville along with the Arsenal was captured. Besides being a dedicated military man John Ritter was a devoted family man. He and wife Sarah Annie Myric raised 14 children of their own and one nephew Addison Worth Ritter 1849-1938. Folks of Upper Moore County are proud to proclaim Capt. John Ritter our hero. For more that a 100 years he has stood for honor and integrity. he is now resting beneath the maple tree in the Symrna Chruch Cemetery.
Note: Captain John Ritter continues to be the most colorful and celebrated c
Note: Flagpole has 4 markers aroud it: Row 24 Grave 4 Captain John Ritter Home Guard Civil War 1816-1902. He is resting now beneath the maple tree.
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