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Civil War Soldiers - Ward

Ward, John H. H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city June 17, 1823. He enlisted in the 7th U. S. infantry in 1841 and passed through the various grades of promotion until he was appointed sergeant-major in Aug., 1845. He was stationed at Corpus Christi, participated in the siege of Fort Brown and the battles about Monterey under Gen. Worth, and was subsequently under Gen. Scott at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo and Huamantla. At the termination of the Mexican war he returned to New York city, was appointed assistant commissary-general of New York and served for five years in that capacity. In Jan., 1855, he was promoted to commissary-general and retired in 1859. At the commencement of the Civil war he recruited the 38th N. Y. infantry, and was its first colonel. He took part in the first battle of Bull Run, in which his regiment lost 126 men, and participated in all the battles of the Peninsula under McClellan, including Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Glendale and Malvern hill to the James river. When the army returned from the Peninsula he was engaged in the battles of the second Bull Run, Groveton and Chantilly, and on Oct. 4, 1862, was promoted to be brigadier-general of volunteers. He was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, commanded the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 3d army corps, at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Auburn mills, and during the first day at Gettysburg, and on the second and third days at Gettysburg, Kelly's ford and Wapping heights he was in command of the 1st division. He also commanded a brigade at Mine run, Locust Grove, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and in a number of minor campaigns, and was mustered out of service July 21, 1864. Subsequently he was appointed clerk of the superior court of New York city.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

Ward, William T., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in the state of Kentucky, and first saw military service as a member of a Kentucky regiment during the Mexican war. On Oct. 4, 1847, he was commissioned major of the 4th Ky. infantry and served in that capacity until July 25, 1848, when he was mustered out of the service. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war he again tendered his services to the Federal government and on Sept. 18, 1861, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers. So faithful and meritorious was his service in this capacity that, on Feb. 24, 1865, he was given the brevet rank of major-general of volunteers, and on Aug. 24, 1865, he was honorably mustered out of the service. Gen. Ward died Oct. 12, 1878.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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