My great-grandfather, Ransom Smith, was born in Franklin County, Georgia on 4 October 1831. He was one of thirteen childtren. Many of the family moved to Carroll County, Georgia in 1834. This had been Indian Country until 1832, when the land was purchased from the Creek Nation. Ransom grew up a farmer's son and had a family of ten with his wife, Nancy Caroline King.
Ransom was thirty-one when he enlisted in Company G, 3rd Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry. He entered the service 6 February 1863 in Augusta, Georgia. He probably had what training he would get there and was then assigned to Wright-Gilardeys-Sorrels Brigade, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. I have no record of his actual service for the next twenty-six months until Appomattox. He is listed on the muster roll of the 3rd Regiment and in the Southern Historical Society Papers, the Appomattox Register. He surrendered 9 April 1865. He returned to Carroll County and lived until 1905. He is buried along with his wife in a church cemetery with a Confederate-marked headstone.
Ransom evidently had problems working and, like thousands of other vets, eventually lost his farm in the 1880's and lived with his sons until his death. He did receive an Indigent Soldiers Pension from 1902 to 1905. Ransom's three brothers, his father-in-law, and countless other family members also served in the Confederate Army.