Truman Bishop Ransom (1802 - 1847)

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Cause of death: killed in the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War
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About Truman Bishop Ransom

Colonel Truman B. Ransom was killed in action at the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War. He commanded the Ninth Regiment of Infantry which was active in the battles of Padiema, Churubusco, the Valley of Mexico and the bloody battle of Chapultepec.

During the battle of Chapultepec, Regimental Commander, Colonel Truman Ransom, was killed while leading an assault upon the Citadel. He was remembered by a participant in that battle, Adjutant General Drum of the Regular Army, as "by all odds the most brilliant man under fire I have ever seen."

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Soldier and educator. He worked as a chairmaker and musician to pay for his education at American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy, later called Norwich University. After his 1825 graduation he taught in several colleges begun by Norwich founder Alden Partridge, including Jefferson College in Mississippi. In 1835 Ransom was named Vice President and professor of natural philosophy and engineering at Norwich University. From 1837 to 1844 he served as Major General of the Vermont militia, and also published a manual on tactics for militia that was distributed throughout US. In 1844 Ransom was appointed Norwich University's President, the first to hold the office after the school's founder, Alden Partridge. In 1846 he volunteered for the Mexican War and was appointed a Major in the 9th United States Infantry. After advancing to Colonel he assumed command when future President Franklin Pierce was promoted to Brigadier General. Ransom fell at the head of the regiment while storming the works at Chapultepec on the outskirts of Mexico City. He was temporarily buried in Mexico City's Protestant cemetery, and later returned to Vermont and interred at Norwich's Old Cemetery. His son Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom served as a General in Union Army during Civil War. His son Dunbar served as a Civil War officer and later became a railroad executive before dying in Texas in 1897. His son Frederick (born 1841) served as a Lieutenant in the 11th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War.

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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.

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Colonel Truman B. Ransom's Timeline

1802
September 20, 1802
1831
January 10, 1831
Age 28
1834
November 29, 1834
Age 32
1847
September 13, 1847
Age 44
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