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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

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