--Col. George Taliafezzo Ward
, of Florida
, who fell in the fight at Williamsburg
, on the 5th of May, was a son of Kentucky
, but of Old Dominion stock.
He went to Florida
while a youth, and made his debut at the bar in 1868, in a speech for the defence in an exciting criminal case, which, for eloquence and legal ingenuity, was a complete success, and placed him at once at the head of his profession.
He was for many years a leading politician of his adopted State; was a member of the Convention
which passed the ordinance of secession, and was by that body chosen a member of the Provisional Congress, a position which he resigned to accept a military commission, and handed the first regiment of volunteers that left Florida
for the theatre of war in Virginia
He won a high reputation for courage and gallantry of the Peninsula
, and attained a favorable position among his companions in arms.
He fell in the front of his column, in the heat of the conflict, and of William and Mary, the
statesmen and scholars.