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Dick Ransom Civil War collection

Dick Ransom Civil War Collection

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Finding aid for the Dick Ransom Civil War Collection

MSS.07.01

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Ransom, Richard, 1842-1917
Title: Dick Ransom Civil War Collection
Dates: 1861-1917
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains transcriptions of thirty-two letters, with photocopies of two of them. All but five of the letters were written by Dick Ransom between November 1862 and March 1863. Three letters were written by his cousin General T.E.G. Ransom, and two by his friend W.H. "Harry" Putnam.
Identification: MSS.07.01
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains transcriptions of 32 letters, with photocopies of two of them. All but five of the letters were written by Dick Ransom between November 1862 and March 1863. Most are addressed to "friends," but appear from content to be mostly for family. Three letters were written by his cousin General T.E.G. Ransom, and two by his friend W. H. "Harry" Putnam. The collection also contains background research materials, copies of Ransom's service-related documents, and photographs.


Biographical Note

Richard "Dick" Ransom was born in Woodstock, Vermont, on January 19, 1842, the son of Daniel and Lucy Ransom. The family later lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Warren, Illinois. While working in Chicago as a printer, Dick enlisted in the Chicago Mercantile Battery. He enlisted on August 7, 1862, and was mustered in on August 29. The unit trained at Camp Douglas near Chicago until November 8, when they departed for Memphis. They served at the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs and the Battle of Arkansas Post. Ransom suffered from the measles and other illnesses. He received a discharge due to disability on March 24, 1863. Although he was married twice, he left no children. After living for a time in the Denver, Colorado, area, he returned to Milwaukee to live at the Northwest Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. He died there on April 3, 1917.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas Post Region (Ark.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Chickasaw Bayou (Miss.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Memphis (Tenn.)
Putnam, William Henry
Ransom, Richard, 1842-1917
Ransom, Thomas Edwin Greenfield, 1834-1864
United States. Army. Chicago Mercantile Battery. (1862-1865)
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Yazoo River (Miss.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dick Ransom Civil War Collection, MSS 07-01, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2007


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