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Confederate (CSV)

Private

George Washington Lafayette Ard

(1833 - 1894)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Raised in Alabama, he was a farm superintendent in Georgia at the start of the War. He enlisted as Private - September 17, 1861 - in Company K of the 2nd Georgia Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the (right?) elbow and left leg - which was amputated - and captured in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

"After the battle he fell into the hands of the Federals, and a member of the Ninth New York Infantry cared for him until he was exchanged. This strange friendship between two soldiers of the opposite armies was continued by correspondence until the death of the Federal soldier." He was paroled at Ft. McHenry, Maryland, and sent to Ft. Monroe, Virginia for exchange on 17 May 1863.

After the War

After exchange he returned to Georgia and was elected tax collector of Stewart County. He served in that office - being continually reelected - until his death about 30 years later.

References & notes

Basic service information from Ranger951, with further details and the quote above from a bio sketch in - Harden, William, HISTORY OF SAVANNAH AND SOUTH GEORGIA, Vol. II (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1913). Death info from his obituary in the Atlanta Constitution of 2 August 1894. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Birth

07/21/1833; Dale County, AL

Death

07/31/1894 Lumpkin, GA; burial in East Side Cemetery, Lumpkin, GA

Notes

1   Fincham, Jr., Ray, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry Regimental Histories - Georgia C.S.A., Published c. 2005, <http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/georgia/index.html>, Source page: /infantry/2nd_regt_inf.html  [AotW citation 2765]