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<p>James Ritty was born on October 29, 1836, in Dayton, Ohio. As a young man he briefly attended college to study medicine, but with the American Civil War's outbreak, Ritty left school and enlisted in the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry as a first lieutenant. He served honorably for three years, leaving the Union Army in 1864, having attained the rank of captain. </p>