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Civil War Soldiers - Ord
|Ord, Edward O. C., major-general, U.S.
Army, was born at Cumberland, Md., Oct. 18, 1818. He was educated at
the West Point military academy, and after being graduated in 1839 was
appointed a brevet second lieutenant in the 3d U. S. artillery. He
served with distinction in the Seminole war in Florida, and also in
the Civil war. The battle of Dranesville, in 1861, was won under his
leadership, and he was severely wounded at the battle of Hatchie
bridge and again at the assault on Fort Harrison. Having been several
times promoted for gallant and meritorious conduct, he became
commander of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina in 1864,
and led the Army of the James in the victorious engagements that ended
the war. In March, 1865, he received the brevet of major-general in
the regular army, and he subsequently held successive command of the
Departments of Arkansas, California, Texas, and the Platte. In 1880 he
was placed on the retired list, and soon afterward accepted the
position of engineer in the construction of the Mexican railway. He
died at Havana, Cuba, July 22, 1883.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908