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Civil War Soldiers - Ransom

RANSOM, MATT. W., North Carolina.
Lieutenant colonel, First North Carolina Infantry.
Colonel, Thirty-fifth North Carolina Infantry, __, 1862.
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., June 13, 1863.
Major general, __, 1865.

Brigade composed of the Twenty-fourth, Twenty-fifth, Thirty-fifth, Forty-ninth and Fifty-sixth North Carolina Regiments Infantry, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.

Source: Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, by Charles B. Hall, 1898

RANSOM, JR., ROBERT, North Carolina.
Captain, Corps of Cavalry, C. S. A., March 16, 1861.
Colonel Ninth North Carolina Volunteers (First North Carolina Cavalry).
Brigadier general, P. A. C. S., March __, 1862.
Major general, P. A. C. S., May 26, 1863.
Died at Newbern, N. C., January 14, 1892.

Commanding brigade near Kingston, North Carolina, March 20, 1862. Commanding Department of South, West Virginia, November 4, 1863. Commanding Department of Richmond, April 25, 1864. Division, at battle of Fredericksburg, composed of the brigades of Ransom and Cook. Commanding Department of Richmond, April 25, to June 13, 1864. Commanding Sub-district No. 2, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Ransom, Robert, born in North Carolina, appointed from North Carolina cadet United States Military Academy, September 1, 1846; graduated eighteenth in a class of forty-four.
Brevet second lieutenant, First Dragoons, July 1, 1850.
Second lieutenant, October 9, 1851.
First lieutenant, First Cavalry, March 3, 1855.
Regimental adjutant, May 25, 1855, to February 17, 1857.
Captain, January 31, 1861.
Resigned May 24, 1861.

Source: Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, by Charles B. Hall, 1898

Ransom, Thomas E. G., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Norwich, Vt., Nov. 29, 1834. He was educated at Newbury seminary and Norwich university, completing the course in civil engineering at Norwich in 1851, and prior to the Civil war he practiced his profession and engaged in the real estate business in Illinois. Early in 1861 he recruited a company for the 11th Ill. regiment, of which he was commissioned captain on April 24, and he became major of the regiment in June and lieutenant-colonel on July 30. He was wounded while leading a charge at Charleston, Mo., on Aug. 20, and distinguished himself in the assault on Fort Henry and the attack on Fort Donelson, where he was again wounded. He became colonel of his regiment, Feb. 15, 1862, and at Shiloh was in the thickest of the fight, and, although wounded in the head early in the day, persisted in remaining with his command. He became chief of staff to Gen. McClernand and inspector-general of the Army of the Tennessee in June, and was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in Jan., 1863, his commission dating from Nov. 29, 1862. He rendered conspicuous service in command of his brigade at Vicksburg, and in the Red River campaign he commanded a division and received a wound in the knee at Sabine cross-roads, from which he never recovered. He commanded a division and subsequently the 16th army corps in the operations about Atlanta, and on Sept. 1, 1864, was brevetted major-general of volunteers. He subsequently commanded a division and then the 17th corps in the pursuit of Hood, until forced to relinquish his command at Gaylesville on account of illness. Gen. Ransom was pronounced by both Grant and Sherman to be among the ablest generals on their commands. He died near Rome, Ga., of illness brought on by overwork and exposure, Oct. 29, 1864.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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