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Richard Ransom Family Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Collection number: MS-13

Scope and Contents

The Richard Ransom Family papers collection is housed entirely in one box and within that box there are three folders. The first of the three folders contains the Item Inventory, the loan receipts from the previous institutions, a memorandum, and the collection or unit description sheet. The second folder contains all of the Ransom Family papers in Xerox form. The papers are in the format of letters, poems, pictures, and one handwritten menu. The folder’s oldest document is a poem entitled “Early Days” by an unnamed author. The rest of the folder consists of letters written as correspondence between relatives within the Ransom family. Most of the letters are from the Ogilvie sisters and cover the geographic area of Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Within the second folder are several interesting letters including one from a soldier (R.O. Mclean) to Molly Ogilvie. In this letter the soldier the soldier actually reports to Mrs. Ogilvie the movements of his regiment’s movements. There was also a letter from Alice Ogilvie to her cousin Molly in which she writes about how sad she was that Mollie no longer kept in touch with her. She also alludes to the fact that she thinks Mollie is too “Rich” to remember about her “insignificant little cousin.” The third and final folder contains the incomplete diary of Richard Ransom, which spans from February 19 until August 12, 1862. Although some pages have been lost over time it has been very well kept through the years. His diary records the movements and events of the 24th regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. Included in his writings are accounts of the battle of Shiloh on the 6th of April in 1862. On the final pages of his diary he wrote two memorandums that recorded transactions between the soldiers and also recorded the death of one person and the names of five others who deserted during his service.

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  • 1836-1925


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Much of the history of the Ransom family is gained through reading about their day-to-day lives in the collection of family papers. Not much is written about the Ransom other than what is written within the collection, so it was very hard to find more background information about the family. All that is really mentioned of Richard Ransom is that he later became the Sheriff of Rutherford County, Tennesse.


1.00 Boxes



Arrangement Note

One box with three folders.
Archon Finding Aid Title
Douglas R. McMillan for History 3000, Dr. Dunn
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-10: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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