Robert Ransom, Jr.

Reference: Find-a-Grave

Robert Ransom, Jr. was born in Warren County, North Carolina, February 12, 1828, and was graduated from West Point in 1850. After service mainly on the frontier, he resigned his commission to enter Confederate service. He became a captain in the Regular Army, and colonel of the First North Carolina Cavalry, Provisional Army, also known as the 9th North Carolina Volunteers. Promoted brigadier general to rank from March 1, 1862, he commanded a brigade under General Longstreet in the Seven Days battles, in the Maryland campaign, and at Fredericksburg. Subsequently transferred to North Carolina, and promoted major general to rank from May 26, 1863, he defended the Weldon railroad and then was given charge of the district which embraced the Appomattox and Blackwater Rivers. He later commanded in Richmond, and then in East Tennessee. After assisting General Beauregard at Drewry's Bluff against Butler, he commanded Jubal Early's cavalry for a time during the raid on Washington. He was compelled to retire on account of illness in the fall of 1864 and saw no further active service. After the war he had various employment, finally accepting a government post as civil engineer at New Bern, North Carolina. He died at New Bern, January 14, 1892, and is buried there. He was a younger brother of General Matt W. Ransom.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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