Private Ransom 'Uncle Ranse' Gwyn Martin

D Company

 

Born on the 12 September 1841 in Warren Co, the son of George Washington and Sarah Gwyn Martin.

 

He enlisted in the Regiment on the 7 July September 1862 at Gainsboro. TN.

 

He was the brother of Sergeant Thomas Jefferson Martin, D Company.

 

He was wounded at Murfreesboro (Stone's River), 31 December 1862, and at Atlanta, GA, 22 July 1864, when he was shot through the right shoulder.

 

Arrived back from hospital in time for Bentonville, NC, 19-21 March 1865.

 

Served to the end and was paroled at Greensboro, NC, 1 May 1865.

 

He surrendered as a member of F Company, 1st Consolidated Tennessee Regiment, and was paroled 1 May 1865, at Greensboro, NC.

 

(He states he was with Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan on his Kentucky raid, in 1863, and walked back from Federal prison on Lake Erie, Johnson’s Island, OH in a starved, emaciated condition emaciated and unlike his normal self.  While this was an officers prison privates were also imprisoned there, as well as prisoners named Martin, although these are all pre September 1862.  The privates captured on the this raid were sent to Camp Chase prison, Columbus, OH.  He is also not listed as a Confederate Civil War POW.) 

In his newspaper memoirs Carroll H. Clark has a ‘Ranse Martin’ returning with him from North Carolina at the end of the war. ‘We then came by Viola and crossed Collins River at Shell's ford (I believe). Ranse Martin, Andy Jones, John Patton, I. T. Hillis, and I now forget who else were with me.’)

He was a farmer who specialized in raising livestock.

 

He was a member of the Methodist Church and was a Mason.

 

Married Harriet V. Moffitt in 1871, born 10 June 1854 the daughter of Gilbert Pierce and Celia (Rogers) Martin, died in 26 August 1913 (16 August 1914), on the 19 February 1874.They had six children who were all surviving him at his death: Ransom Gwyn. jr; Will K, H. Lawson; Arcola Grove; Sam; Laura Martin.

 

He applied for a pension, number #16066, in 1926 and was accepted. (On his pension application he states he had a wife of 32 living with him.)

 

He died, aged 98, on the 22 May 1940 at Rock Island, TN, and is buried in Eureka Church of Christ Cemetery, (East of McMinnville) Warren County, TN. His wife is buried with him.


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