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Civil War Soldiers - Ross
|Ross, Leonard F., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in the state of Illinois, and on July 18, 1846,
enlisted as a private in Co. K of the 4th Ill. infantry for service in
the Mexican war. On Sept. 4 of the same year he was commissioned first
lieutenant of his company, and he served in that capacity until May
26, 1847, when he was honorably mustered out of the service. He then
followed civil pursuits until the breaking out of the Civil war, when,
on May 25, 1861, he was mustered in as colonel of the 17th Ill.
infantry. The first actual engagement in which Col. Ross led his
regiment was on Oct. 21, when with other regiments it was sent from
Cape Girardeau in pursuit of Gen. Jeff Thompson's forces, meeting and
defeating them at Fredericktown. At the head of his regiment he
charged the enemy's lines early in the engagement, completely routing
him. The following day the regiment pursued the enemy and engaged him
near Greenfield, Ark. Col. Ross participated with his regiment in the
sanguinary battle which was followed by the surrender of Fort Donelson;
and then embarked for Savannah, later arriving at Pittsburg landing,
where his regiment was assigned to the 1st division of the Army of
West Tennessee, and upon the memorable field of Shiloh he took part in
the momentous battles of April 6 and 7. On April 25, 1862, Col. Ross
was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers and served
out the remainder of his military career in that capacity, resigning
his commission on July 22, 1863. Gen. Ross died Jan. 17, 1901.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908