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J.E. Ward
J.E. Ward

Federal (USA)

Major

John Edward Ward

(c. 1837 - 1886)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Regimental Major
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry

see his Battle Report

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Norwich, he mustered as Captain, Company D, 8th Connecticut Infantry on 21 September 1861. He was appointed Major, date not given.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He relieved the wounded LCol Appelman after heavy fighting on the Federal left decimated the Regiment near the village of Sharpsburg. He gathered the survivors and retreated in good order to the heights over the Lower (Burnside's) Bridge late in the afternoon of the 17th.

The remainder of the War:
He was appointed Colonel of the 8th to date from 3 April 1863. He was wounded at Port Walthall Junction, VA in May 1864, and treated at Chesapeake Hospital, Fortress Monroe. Discharged 14 March 1865 at the end of his term of service.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Ingersoll1, with details from notes to an album complied by Surgeon Charles J. Russell at Fortress Monroe (sold at auction by Cowen's in 2006). The photograph above is from an original in the collection of Scott Hann, kindly provided by the owner. Dates and death information from his gravesone online from Findagrave.

Birth State: NY    
Death Date: 11/07/1886    Death Place: MI    Burial Place: Cypress Cemetery, Old Saybrook, CT



Notes

1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 373  [AotW citation 13951]



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