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Federal (USV)


Henry Asahel Ransom

(1841 - 1882)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was in a 19 year old candy maker in Norwich, CT. He enlisted on 3 September 1861 and mustered as a Private in Company D, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 21 September.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his right knee in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #2 in Frederick, MD on 2 October 1862. He was discharged for disability on 13 December, but was unable to travel, and was re-admitted as a civilian. He was furloughed on 23 December 1862.

After the War

In 1870 he was working in a rubber mill in Colchester, CT but went west to the new "colony" at Longmont, CO in April 1871. He was proprietor there of H.A. Ransom & Company, booksellers and stationers. He moved to Gunnison in about 1881.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 Wound and hospital details from Major Ward's after-action report and the Patient List.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860 & 1870, the Denver Tribune of 1 May 1871, Publisher's Weekly of 23 January 1904, and his death notice in the Longmont Ledger of 10 November 1882. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


01/23/1841; Colchester, CT


10/18/1882; Gunnison, CO; burial in Linwood Cemetery, Colchester, CT


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, p. 341  [AotW citation 30733]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #153, 263  [AotW citation 30734]