General Thomas E. G. Ransom CDV
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A little known but much wounded general, T.E.G. Ransom was wounded four times in the Civil War finally dying from the last wound.† At the beginning of the Civil War, Ransom recruited a company of the 11th Illinois Infantry.† He served as major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.† He was first wounded at Charleston, Missouri in August, 1861.† Again he was wounded at Fort Donelson and Shiloh.† Each time he refused to leave the field, and each time he was cited by his superiors for gallant conduct.† In June, 1862, Ransom became chief of staff to General John McClernand and inspector general of the Army of the Tennessee, and later commanded a brigade of the XIII Corps.† He was made a brigadier general on April 15, 1863, to rank from November 29, 1862, and during the Vicksburg campaign won encomiums from all his superiors for his performance while commanding a brigade of McArthur's division of McPhereson's XVII Corps.† After Vicksburg, Grant wanted Ransom to command his cavalry but Ransom was involved in the Red River campaign.† At Sabine Cross Roads while commanding the advance, his position was overrun and he was severely wounded.† On August 2, 1864, he took charge of a division of the XVI Corps in front of Atlanta: and after the wounding of Grenville Dodge, he commanded the movement which forced John Bell Hood to evacuate Atlanta after the decisive battle of Joneboro.† Ransom was next assigned to command of the XVII Corps which pursued the retreating Confederates through North Georgia into Alabama.† Despite illness and an aggravation of his partly healed wound, he accompanied his corps on the return from Alabama, dying near Rome, Georgia, October 29, 1864.† The image is a three quarter view of General Ransom as a brigadier general.† The backmark is an E. & H. T. Anthony by Brady backmark.

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