Enlisted as a Private on 22 May 1861. Enlisted in Company A, 22nd Infantry Regiment Virginia on 22 May 1861. Promoted to Full 3rd Sergeant on 30 Jul 1861.
------ JAMES M. RONK, of Jackson Township, was born in Greenbrier County, Va. (now West Virginia), May 3, 1836. He was the oldest child born to George W. and Sarah J. (Gary (sic)) Rouk (sic); natives of Roanoke and Greenbrier Counties, Va., respectively. James grew up to manhood in his native county, and at the age of fifteen he became a deck-hand upon a steam-boat plying upon the Great Kanawha and Ohio Rivers between Charleston, W. Va.. and Cincinnati, Ohio After one year's experience he was promoted to first mate, a few months later he was made watchman. At the end of three years, or when he was eighteen years old, his knowledge of the river had become so thorough, and the confidence of his superiors had become so implicit, that he was, at this early age. commissioned as pilot. He served as such about seven years and discharged his duties in a creditable manner.
He entered the service of the Confederate Army in 1861, in Company A, Twenty-second Virginia Regiment. He had voted for the Union, and his sympathy was with the Union, and it was only the direst provocation and most inhuman treatment by a company of Union men that caused him to renounce his allegiance to the Federal cause and enter the Southern Army. The said Union company had, for some little petty grievance, boldly and outrageously insulted him by confiscating his own private property and putting it to its own use. Whereupon Mr. Ronk, in the heat of revenge, declared he would sacrifice his own inclinations and enter the ranks of the foe. In the course of the war lie displayed such military valor and bravery that he was promoted to the rank of captain, in which capacity he served until in July, 1864, when he and his entire company—excepting twenty-five men which he had secreted in a stock-well— were captured at Winchester, Va. After a nine-months' imprisonment at Point Lookout, Md., he was liberated and permitted to enter the retreat of civil life. He served in a creditable manner in the battles of Manassas Junction, Seven Day's Fight at Richmond, Pine Bluffs (South Carolina) Cedar Creek, Winchester, and a great many others. In all, he participated in thirty-eight battles.
After the war he came West, and, in June, 1865, he located at Burlington, Carroll County [Indiana]. He came to this county in the fall of 1877 and located upon a farm in Section 31, Jackson Township, where he has ever since continued to reside.
December 25,1865, he was married to Sophrona J. Cox, a native of Howard County, this State, born 'May 17. 1846. She died March 18, 1885, leaving to the care of our subject eight children. Their names are William A., Martha A.. Anna M., Miranda M., Cora A., Mary D., Lizzie M. and Daisy XL, all of whom are living.
Mr. Ronk is a member of the Christian Church and a Democrat in politics. He owns a farm of sixty acres where he lives, besides twenty-acres in Howard County. His life has been rather an eventful one, but he is now living in a quiet way with his children, and the only impediment in the pleasure of the family circle is the absence of the wife and mother."
From "History of Cass County, Indiana: From the earliest time to the present ..." By Thomas B. Helm, published 1886 (bio by: janicet)
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Dear Sergeant Ronk, Thank you for fighting for your beliefs and in the defense of our Commonwealth during the War of Northern Aggression. May you always be lovingly remembered. Rest In Peace. -
E49 Added: Apr. 27, 2016