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D.A. Ward
D.A. Ward

Federal (USV)

Private

David Austin Ward

(1839 - 1918)
Home State: Ohio
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th Ohio Infantry

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was a student at Oberlin, and he enlisted on 20 April 1861 in the 7th Infantry (3 months), Company C. He reenlisted in the same company, 7th Ohio (3 years) on 19 June 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was present for action at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Corporal on 1 November 1862, and discharged on 12 January 1863.

After the War:
In November 1863 he traveled to California, via Panama, for his health. He went to Idaho looking for gold in 1864, but did not hit it rich, returning to California in 1867. He taught school in Alameda and was in the insurance business in San Francisco. In 1869 he went to Los Angeles County and was school superintendent in Anaheim for 12 years. He was superintendent of the Los Angeles City Schools from 1881 - 1884, then was a civic official and wrote prolifically on California history [some online from the Internet Archive].

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Wilson1. Further details from a finding aid to his papers in the Huntington Library collection.

Birth Date: 09/30/1839    Place of Birth: Birmingham, OH    
College: Oberlin College    
Death Date: 09/1918    Death Place: Highland Park, CA    Burial Place: Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

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