Thomas Edwin Greenfield Ransom was born in Norwich, Vermont, and attended Norwich University from 1848-1850. He was the son of Colonel Truman Ransom, who was killed in the Mexican-American War. Thomas Ransom worked as a civil engineer and was a close friend of Grenville Dodge, a fellow Norwich graduate. Ransom raised what would become the 11th Illinois Infantry and was elected captain. He rose to the rank of brigadier general in 1862. He was wounded four times during the Civil War, including serious injuries in battles at Shiloh and Sabine Crossroads in Louisiana. He contracted dysentery in October 1864 and died later that month. When assured death would soon be upon him, he said, “I am not afraid to die; I have met death too often to be afraid of it now.”
This Thomas Ransom mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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