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G.W. Ward

G.W. Ward

Confederate (CSV)


George Washington Ward

(1832 - 1884)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A farmer and militiaman from Duplin County, NC, he enrolled there in Company B, 3rd North Carolina Infantry on 16 May 1861 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 16 (or 23) July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 21 September 1862 (to date from 17 September), was at a hospital in Staunton, VA by 27 September, and afterward sent home on furlough to about May 1863. Moore's Roster has him wounded at Gettysburg in July 1863, but a period letter noted "Ward was one of the few officers in that regiment to get out of Gettysburg uninjured." He was again wounded, by gunshots through his arm and thigh at Payne's Farm/Mine Run, VA on 27 November 1863, and furloughed on 12 December. He was wounded for the third time, by a gunshot to his abdomen at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864, and was again home on furlough. He was back with his Company by October 1864, but on a furlough of indulgence in February 1865, the latest record in his military file.

After the War

He was a teacher and surveyor.

References & notes

His service from Moore1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Thanks to Bruce Vail for the photograph here from a family genealogy History of Alfred and Elizabeth Robinson Ward: Their Antecedents and Descendants (1945), and for the additional bio details, including the note about Gettysburg. Lt. Ward's gravesite is on Findagrave.




11/10/1884; burial in Alfred Ward Cemetery, Teachey, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 1, pp. 83 - 84  [AotW citation 6007]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29651]