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Robert Ransom, Jr.

Date of Birth:      February 12, 1828
Hometown:         Warren County, NC
Education:           West Point, 1850
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     January 14, 1892
Place of Death:    New Bern, NC
Buried At:           New Bern, NC

Major Battles:        Battle of Vienna, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Drewry's Bluff, Early's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Ransom, after graduating from West Point, would serve frontier duty, in the west.  With the coming of the Civil War, he would resign his U.S. Army commission, and enter the Confederate Army, as colonel of the 9th North Carolina Infantry.  He would be promoted brigadier general on March 1, 1862 and would command a brigade in James Longstreet's Division, during the Seven Days.  He would also lead his brigade in Longstreet's 1st Corps, during the Antietam Campaign, and at Fredericksburg, after which time, he would transfer to North Carolina, and be promoted major general.  Ransom would be in charge of the district which included the Appomattox, and Blackwater Rivers.  Additionally, his troops were tasked with protecting the Weldon Railroad, a vital supply link for R.E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.  Ransom would later command at Drewry's Bluff, against Benjamin Butler's Army Corps, and at Richmond.  In 1864, Ransom would command Jubal Early's cavalry, during the Shenandoah Campaign, and his raid on Washington, DC.  In the fall, of 1864, due to illness, he would be forced to retire, from active service.

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