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About the Collection
The collection is rich in biographical information on the Ransom family, including the military service of Truman Ransom and three of his sons, Dunbar, Thomas and Frederick. More detailed information on the collection, as well as on the sons of Truman Ransom, can be found in the content listing.
About Truman Bishop Ransom, President of Norwich University, 1845-1847, and family
Truman Ransom graduated with the Norwich University class of 1825. He served as president from 1845 to 1847 at which time he enlisted in the 9th U.S. Regulars to perform service in the Mexican War. A lieutenant colonel by April 1847, Truman Ransom was killed at the Battle of Chapultepec on 13 September 1847. He married Margaretta Morrison Greenfield in 1830 and the couple had seven children: Dunbar Richard (1831-1897), Thomas Edwin Greenfield (1834-1864), Mary Rozella (1837-1843), George Richard (1839-1845), Frederick Eugene (b.1841), Mary Rozella (named for a sister who predeceased her, born and died in 1843), and Catherine Harriet (b.1846).
Three of Truman Ransom’s children attended Norwich: Dunbar, Thomas, and Frederick. Truman Ransom’s oldest son, Dunbar Ransom (1831-1897), graduated with the Norwich University class of 1851, as did his younger brother, Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864). Dunbar Ransom entered Norwich in 1846; left to enter West Point in June 1847; and remained a student at West Point until September 1850, when he resigned and returned to Norwich. He died in Fort Worth, Texas, on 11 July 1897. Thomas Ransom was Truman Ransom’s second son and died in service during the Civil War in 1864. Thomas Ransom was born in Norwich, VT, on 29 November 1834. After his graduation from Norwich, he worked as an engineer in Peru, Illinois, and for the Illinois Central Railroad in Farina, Fayette County, Illinois until the Civil War. Frederick Ransom, Truman Ransom’s fourth son, graduated with the Norwich University class of 1868. Before attending Norwich, he went to Farina, Fayette County, Illinois with his brother, Thomas, in 1858; served in the Civil War; and was a prisoner of war from 15 February 1862 to 17 October 1862, when he was paroled. Frederick Ransom entered Norwich University in 1865 and remained until the South Barracks burned in March 1866. He later worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection on Truman Bishop Ransom family, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from Kate R. O’Hara to William Arba Ellis, 13 July 1897. Dunbar R. Ransom file, Collection on Truman Bishop Ransom family, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Size: 1 Box (1 linear foot)
Collection Location: Archives 501
Language(s) of Material: English
Truman Bishop Ransom (1802-1847)
- The collection contains biographical information, including the correspondence and research of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his history of Norwich University, 1819-1911 for publication, and papers pertaining to the life and death of Truman B. Ransom. Included is a copy of the eulogy and sermon given at Truman Ransom’s death. The collection also includes information on Ransom’s Mexican War service; a clipping announcing Truman’s death at the Battle of Chapultepec, a map of the “Battles of Mexico” (1847), and a 9th Infantry medical record book kept by Justin E. Stevens (from Concord, NH?), 1847-1848 are in the collection. This medical record book also contains random sketches by Stevens. An article, “The United States Army in Mexico City,” by Edward S. Wallace is also in the collection. (4 files)
Dunbar Richard Ransom (1831-1897)
- The collection contains biographical and military service information on Dunbar R. Ransom, including both the correspondence and research of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his published history of Norwich University, 1819-1911, and a microfiche copy of his 1872 court martial records, the originals of which are held by the National Archives.
Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom (1834-1864)
- The collection contains biographical information on T.E.G. Ransom, including the correspondence and research of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his published history of Norwich University, 1819-1911. One file in the collection contains biographical and military service information compiled by Sandee Gylanders. Also included are copies of his mother’s pension claim records, and a file of articles relating to his Civil War service. There is also information on the dedication of the Georgia historical marker in honor of T.E.G. Ransom in 2001 as well as correspondence with James Huffstodt (a Ransom biographer) who created an exhibit for the occasion.
Frederick Eugene Ransom (b.1841)
- The collection contains biographical information on Frederick Ransom, including both the correspondence and research of William Arba Ellis as he prepared his history of Norwich University and pension application records. Also included is a small sketchbook compiled by Ransom in 1867 primarily depicting characters from Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.