Civil War Union Brigadier General. He was commissioned as Captain of Company E, 11th Illinois Volunteer Infantry in 1861. Within three months he ascended to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was wounded in battle four times: at Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Red River. He led the 17th Corps, Army of the Tennessee in the Battle of Jonesboro, severed the last railroad into Atlanta, and pursued Confederate General John B. Hood northward. Ransom was known as the "Phantom General" due to having been assumed dead so many times. During General Sherman's march to the sea, weakened by typhoid, he died at the home of John Berryhill on October 29, 1864. He was brevetted Major General after his death.
Bio by: Shiver