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D. H. Hill, Jr., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 4, North Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 11 9 Browse Search
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ing of Walker's own brigade and Ransom's brigade, was, with the exception of two regiments, composed of North Carolinians. His own brigade, under Manning and then under Col. E. D. Hall, of the Forty-sixth North Carolina, included the Twenty-seventh, Col. J. R. Cooke; the Forty-sixth, Colonel Hall, and the Forty-eighth, Col. R. C. Hill, North Carolina regiments; and Ransom's brigade comprised the Twenty-fourth, Col. J. L. Harris; the Twenty-fifth, Col. H. M. Rutledge; the Thirty-fifth, Col. M. W. Ransom, and the Forty-ninth, Lieut.-Col. L. M. McAfee, North Carolina regiments. As General Walker went in, he was notified that there was a gap of a third of a mile to the left of General Hill, and he detached the Twenty-seventh North Carolina and the Third Arkansas, under Col. J. R. Cooke, of the Carolina regiment, to fill this gap, and well did they carry out their instructions. General McLaws' division from Harper's Ferry entered coincidently with Walker at 10:30. Walker, in Battles
ck was the railroad bridge, where they were met by companies of Col. E. D. Hall's and William MacRae's regiments under Maj. A. C. McAlister, who repulsed them repeatedly in handsome style. Col. John A. Baker's regiment [Third North Carolina cavalry] occupied the right of our line and behaved very well. A raiding party under Gen. E. E. Potter, in July, inflicted much damage on some of the towns in eastern North Carolina. At Rocky Mount this force destroyed the bridge over Tar river, and also mills, depots, factories, and large quantities of flour and 800 bales of cotton; at Tarboro some Confederate gunboats in process of construction were burned; at other places similar damage was done. This party was frequently fired upon by local troops, especially Whitford's battalion, and a loss of 32 men was entailed upon it. On the 28th of July, Gen. M. W. Ransom, with four companies and a section of artillery, routed, at Jackson, N. C., a cavalry force of 650 men under Colonel Spear.
troops, was sent to the State to co-operate with the forces already there. The dispersion or capture of the Federal garrison at New Bern seems to have been Pickett's objective. General Pickett had in his command Corse's Virginia brigade; Gen. M. W. Ransom's brigade, composed of these North Carolina regiments: Twenty-fourth, Colonel Clarke; Twenty-fifth, Colonel Rutledge; Thirty-fifth, Colonel Jones; Forty-ninth, Colonel McAfee, and Fifty-sixth, Colonel Faison; Clingman's North Carolina briga the 2d of February, General Martin made the attack successfully and captured the barracks, several guns, 70 or 80 prisoners, and many stores. This whole affair was well managed and well fought. Martin lost 7 men killed and 14 wounded. Gen. M. W. Ransom, on the 9th of March, at the head of his brigade and a cavalry force, drove the Federals from Suffolk, capturing a piece of artillery and quartermaster stores of much value. Judge Roulhac says in his Regimental History: This was a most exc
t's brigade and Colonel Baker's Third North Carolina cavalry, to assume command in front. General Beauregard estimated his strength at 25,000 men. On the 13th of May, General Terry assaulted the Confederate lines near Wooldridge's hill. Gen. M. W. Ransom's brigade, on the extreme Confederate right, was engaged in his repulse. As Terry advanced, the Confederate skirmishers, under the dashing Capt. Cicero A. Durham, made a most stubborn resistance, and did some gallant fighting, in which Duge Roulhac, leaped over the works and poured a destructive volley into the ranks of the flanking party. While the Federals were preparing for a second attack, the Confederate forces were withdrawn to an inner line. During this engagement, Gen. M. W. Ransom was severely wounded, and Colonel Rutledge succeeded to the command of the brigade. On the 16th, General Beauregard, putting Ransom's division on his left, next to Drewry's bluff, Hoke's on his right, Colquitt in reserve, ordered an atta
l. R. V. Cowan; the Thirty-seventh, Maj. J. L. Bost; all of Gen. J. H. Lane's brigade; the Thirteenth, Lieut.-Col. E. B. Withers; the Sixteenth, Col. W. A. Stowe; the Twenty-second, Col. T. D. Galloway; the Thirty-fourth, Lieut.-Col. G. M. Norment; the Thirty-eighth, Col. John Ashford; all of General Scales' brigade; the Twenty-fourth; the Twenty-fifth, Col. H. M. Rutledge; the Thirty-fifth, Maj. R. E. Petty; the Forty-ninth, Maj. C. Q. Petty; the Fifty-sixth, Col. P. F. Faison; all of Gen. M. W. Ransom's brigade. The First, Second, Third and Fifth North Carolina cavalry, composed Gen. Rufus Barringer's brigade; the Fourth and Sixteenth battalion, Gen. W. P. Roberts' brigade. The commanders of these regiments as given in the records are generally those in charge at the surrender. It is regretted that not all are given. The following batteries are reported: Capt. H. G. Flanner's, Capt. John Ramsey's, Capt. A. B. Williams' and Capt. Guion's. To break up the wagon trains that we
, of the previous year, to Ellen E. Richmond, of Milton, and on the day before the fatal battle had been informed of the birth of a daughter. Brigadier-General Matthew Whittaker Ransom Brigadier-General Matthew Whittaker Ransom was born in Warren county, N. C., in 1826. His father was Robert Ransom, who was descended from Brigadier-General Matthew Whittaker Ransom was born in Warren county, N. C., in 1826. His father was Robert Ransom, who was descended from a colonial Virginia family of Gloucester county. His mother was Priscilla West Coffield Whittaker, whose lineage is traced to Alexander Whittaker, the English clergyman who baptized Pocahontas. He was graduated at Chapel Hill, the State university, in 1847, and was soon afterward admitted to the practice of law. The remarkable aRansom was born at Bridle Creek, Warren county, N. C., February 12, 1828, the second son of Robert Ransom, his elder brother being the soldier and statesman, Matthew W. Ransom. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1850, and promoted to a lieutenancy in the dragoons. As a cadet and officer he was distinguished