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Cook Desha Gulley

Obituary of Ransom Gulley, Salina, Kansas.

Hon. Ransom Gulley, North Carolina bred, Arkansas adopted, was one of Arkansas's prominent men - statesman, legislator, and State treasurer. He was a member of that great body of men who formulated the 1874 Arkansas Constitution. He was a learned man, gifted as an orator, and never failed to charm his auditors with his eloquence.

He was known throughout Arkansas as a Christian gentleman of the highest and purest type.

He entered the Confederate army at Batesville, Ark., early in May, 1861, in Desha's 7th Arkansas Battalion of Infantry, and was, at the organization of that battalion, appointed adjutant thereof, with the rank of first lieutenant, by the lieutenant colonel commanding, Franklin W. Desha, which positionhe held until May 7, 1862, when that battalion, Kelley's Battalion, and the 8th Arkansas Infantry, were consolidated with the latter designation. After this service he entered the 36th North Carolina Regiment, which was the 2d North Carolina Heavy Artillery.

He was called "Colonel" an appellation given him later in years by his many warm and loyal friends in recognition of his high standing, a designation most fittingly bestowed.

He exceeded the proverbial allotment of threescore years and ten by twelve years, and all the years of his life were filled with benevolence and urbanity. At the time of his death he was assistant adjutant general on the staff of the commander of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department, United Confederate Veterans.

He died July 31, 1921, at the residence of his daughter, in Salina, Kans., in perfect resignation to the will of God.

[V. Y. Cook, Batesville, Ark.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1920.

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