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James Francis Madison RansonRoster ID 597
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|Middle Name:||Francis Madison|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1855|
|Biography & Genealogy:||James Francis Madison Ranson, Class of 1855: Genealogy: Born- May 14, 1833 at "Gap View" Jefferson Co. Va. (now W. Va.) Father- James Lockland Ranson, born in Kentucky; Mother- Fanny Madison Hite of Jeffeson Co. Va. Pat. Grandfather- Ambrose Ranson; Pat. Grandmother- Betty Lochland. Mat. Grandfather- George Hite; Mat. Grandmother- Deborah Rutherford. Married- Helen F. Carlton No children. VMI Record: Entered VMI- July 8, 1851; Resigned July 9, 1852, deficient in Math. Attended Pike Powers College at Staunton and after graduating there lived in California until 1861, when he returned to Va. to join the C.S.A. Civil War Record- Enlisted July 6, 1861 at Richmond as Private in 1st Md. Artillery; Acting Corporal Sept. 1861- Feb. 1862; Appointed 1st Lieut. Aide-de-Camp to Brig. Gen. James Pegram Nov. 21, 1862; Unofficial source says he was wounded in action Sept. 22, 1864 and believed dead. He was placed on a wagon filled with corpses, but a woman who happened to touch his hand found he was still alive, so he was taken to the hospital, but never fully recovered from his wounds. Careers- Worked in the Office of the Creston House when he lived in California, but had no occupation after the war. Died- March 6, 1899 in a drowning accident in Richmond, Va.|