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D.R. Ransom

D.R. Ransom

Federal (USA)


Dunbar Richard Ransom

(1831 - 1897)

Home State: Vermont

Education: USMA, Norwich University

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery C


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He was a Cadet at the USMA (West Point) from 1 July 1847 to 30 September 1850, then attended Norwich University, graduating in 1851. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd US Artillery on 7 June 1855. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 31 December 1856, and Captain 1 November 1861. He initially commanded Battery L of the 3rd Artillery, but transferred to C of the 5th.

On the Campaign

Of his actions on 17 September, General Meade wrote in his after action report:

"I cannot close this report without calling your attention to the skill and good judgment, combined with coolness, with which Captain Ransom, his officers (Lieutenants Weir and Gansevoort) and men, served his battery. In a previous part of this report I have described the advance of the enemy through the corn-field, and the check the column received from Captain Ransom's fire. I consider this one of the most critical periods of the morning, and that to Captain Ransom's battery is due the credit of repulsing the enemy."
Captain Ransom himself was probably away from the battery at least part of the day, serving as aide to General Hooker, leaving Lieutenant Gansevoort in command.

The rest of the War

He remained with his battery, then commanded the Regular Brigade to which it was assigned after Chancellorsville. He was wounded in action at Gettysburg.

After the War

He was cited by brevet for gallantry at Fredericksburg, VA (Major), Gettysburg, PA (Lt. Colonel), and Kearneysville, Va (Colonel). He remained in the Regular Army after the War. He was dismissed from the Service on 20 October 1872 on a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. He then worked on the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in Texas. He was exonerated and reinstated as Captain, U S Army on 3 Jan 1895 (to date from 1 Aug 1884). He retired 14 January 1895.

References & notes

Service dates from Heitman1, with further details from Ellis2. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. His photograph from one of unknown provenance posted online by the Reserve Artillery Organization.


01/10/1831; Fayetteville, NC


4/11/1897; Fort Worth, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, TX


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 816  [AotW citation 13249]

2   Ellis, William Arba, compiler and editor, and MGen. Grenville Mellen Dodge, publisher, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, 3 Volumes, Montpelier: The Capital City Press, 1911, Vol. 1, pg. 317  [AotW citation 13250]