Collection contains four items relating to Leonard F. Ross' experiences in the U.S. Civil War, including two letters from
Ulysses S. Grant.
Leonard Fulton Ross (1823-1901) was born in Lewiston, Illinois. He studied law and began his legal practice in Vermont, Illinois.
In 1846, Ross enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the Mexican-American War. In May 1861, he enlisted in the 17th Illinois
Regiment of the Union Army and was commissioned as a colonel; he was promoted to brigadier general in April 1862. During the
Civil War, Ross fought in the battles of Fredericktown, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, and the Siege of Corinth, and was involved
in the 1863 Yazoo Pass Expedition. In December 1862, he was arrested for refusing to obey orders and was subsequently court-martialed
and reprimanded by General Ulysses S. Grant, then returned to his command. Ross resigned from the Union Army in July 1863.
Following the war, he was active in the Republican Party. Ross died in Galesburg, Illinois at age 77.
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