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Federal (USV)


Alfred Ball

(1820 - 1886)

Home State: Ohio

Education: National Medical College, Class of 1847

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 5th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a medical student in Georgetown, DC to about 1842, when he moved to Zanesville, OH. He finished his training there and graduated from the National Medical College at Washington, OH in 1847. He practiced briefly in Irville, OH, then, from 1850, in Zanesville.

In 1860 he was a 39 year old physician at Zanesville, OH. He enrolled as Surgeon of the 5th Ohio Infantry for 3 months' service on 18 April 1861. He mustered out with them in June then enrolled in the new 3-year regiment as Surgeon on 19 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was with the regiment in Maryland and assigned to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD after Antietam.

The rest of the War

He mustered out at the expiration of his term on 20 June 1864.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he again practiced medicine in Zanesville.

References & notes

His service from the Official Roster.1 His role at Frederick from the MSHWR.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1880, and his obituary in the Zanesville Times Recorder of 7 December 1886 (thanks to Jennifer Lane-Kimes). His memorial is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah M Barr (1825-1909) in December 1848 in Ohio, and they had a daughter, Jennie (1853-1902).

His older brothers were also prominent in Zanesville: Edward R Ball (1811-1872) was US Congressman for 2 terms 1853-57, and William Henry Ball (1818-1907) was Colonel of the 122nd Ohio Infantry and a judge after the war.


08/01/1820; Falls Church, VA


12/06/1886; Zanesville, OH; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, OH


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 1, p. 85; Vol. 2, pg. 123  [AotW citation 29313]

2   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2  [AotW citation 29314]