fought through the greater part of the Revolution, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
He was at Peekskill
, Valley Forge
, and Red Bank, and wrote the official account of the last-named battle, which may be found in Washington
During the terrible winter at Valley Forge
, Lieutenant-Colonel Ward
obtained a month's furlough, wooed and married his cousin, Phoebe Greene
(daughter of Governor William Greene
, of Rhode Island
, and of the beautiful Catherine Ray
of Block Island
), and returned to the snows and starvation of the winter camp.
Our mother was very proud of her great-grandmother Catherine's memory, treasured her rat-tail spoons and her wedding stockings of orange silk, and was fond of telling how Benjamin Franklin
admired and corresponded with her. Some of Franklin
's letters have been preserved.
He speaks of his wife as the “old lady,” but says he has got so used to her faults that they are like his own — he does not recognize them any more.
In one letter he gives the following advice to the lovely Catherine
: “Kill no more Pigeons than you can eat. Go constantly to meeting or to churchtill you get a good husband; then stay at home and nurse the children and live like a Christian.”
Some years after the Revolution, Colonel Ward
was in Paris
on a business errand.
He kept a record of his stay there in a parchment pocket-book, where among technical entries are found brief comments on matters of general interest.
One day the Colonel
tells of a dinner