Corporal Albert H Ransom
Born in New York City, March 22 1843, parents Ira and Rachel Moore Ransom, 19,
single, clerk, enlisted in Kingston, NY, on August 3 1862 for three years in Co B 120
NY Infantry. He received a $50 bonus from the Town of North Castle.
Ransom has a very interesting military history. He made corporal but was reduced in
rank to private in November 1863. He was taken prisoner by the Confederates in action
at the battle of The Wilderness on May 5 1864 and spent seven months in the infamous
Andersonville prisoners' stockade. ( 13, 700 Un ion prisoners were starved to death in
Andersonville in three months time.)
He was exchanged in Savannah on November 14 1864 and was reported as sick at the
parole camp on December 31 1864. He received a disability discharge on June 7 1865
and was mustered out from the army hospital in Philadelphia.
He is not in the Veterans' census of 1890 but we found him, widower, in the U.S. census
of 1900 living on West 127 St in Manhattan and again in the 1909 New York State
census living at 2379 8th avenue, Manhattan.
He is on page 6 of the North Castle Town Clerk's roster, also on the Kingston clerk's
roster, is M 551/roll 115 NARA, National Archives. Also on theAdjutant General's roster
and New York Data Base.
Andersonville prison camp information is found at www.cr.nps.goy/searc/andersSn.jpg
These are the facts- Ransom never had a pension and there is no record that he
received a government grave stone. The W. P.A. did not list him as located in St
Stephen's in the late 1930s. Richard N Lander, North Castle Town Historian, thought he
was buried in St Stephen's but could not locate t grave in the 1940s. The church's
burial roster ( often incomplete) does not show hi .
Somebody, possibly Arthur E Hendry, charter member of American Legion post 1097,
who compiled a 1930s list that predated that of Richard N Lander, knew that Ransom
was buried there.
The grave site is still unknown