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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

Robert Ransom

(Ap'd N. C.)


Born Feb. 12, 1828, Bridle Creek, Warren Co., NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1850.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1850‑51; on

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Oct. 9, 1851)

 p419  frontier duty, on March to Peña Blanca, N. M., 1851‑52, — Scouting, 1852, — Cantonment Burgwin, N. M., 1852‑53, — Albiquia, N. M., 1853, — Scouting, 1853, — Cantonment Burgwin, N. M., 1853, — Ft. Fillmore, N. M., 1853, — and Scouting, 1854; at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry Tactics, July 31, 1854, to June 19, 1855; as Adjutant,

(First Lieut., 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1st Cavalry, May 25, 1855, to Feb. 17, 1857; at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Sioux Expedition, 1855, — and Ft. Leavenworth, and quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1855‑56, 1856‑57; on sick leave of absence, 1857; on Recruiting service, 1857‑58; on sick leave of absence, 1858‑59; and on frontier duty, on March to Arkansas River, 1859, —

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1861)

Ft. Riley, Kan., 1859‑60, — and Ft. Wise, Col., 1860‑61.

Resigned, May 24, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Express Agent and City Marshal, Wilmington, N. C., 1866‑67. Salesman of Railroad Supplies through Southern States, 1868‑74. Farmer in Virginia, 1874‑78. Civil Engineer in the service of the United States in various River and Harbor Improvements in North and South Carolina, since 1878.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Died Jan. 14, 1892, at New Berne, N. C.: Aged 63.

Buried, Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Bern, NC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to the rank of Major-General, C. S. A. His life and career are delineated in some detail at New River Notes.

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