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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
service almost forty years. at the middle of May, May 16, 1861. Ward had been placed in command of the Potomac flotilla, which he had org's Point, and these were there on the morning of the 20th, when Commander Ward.opened the guns of the Freeborn upon the redoubt. The battery was soon silenced, and the insurgents were driven away. Ward reported to Stringham, and proceeded immediately toward Washington with his flusted. The three batteries had been silenced. On the slackening of Ward's fire, the two on the hights began again, and for nearly an hour thonly wounding one man. Unable to reply at that distance with effect, Ward withdrew his vessels, but resumed the conflict on the following day,struck her; and yet, neither on board of this vessel nor of those of Ward's flotilla was a single person killed or seriously injured. report of Commander Ward to the Secretary of the Navy, May 31 and June 1, 1861. report of Commander Rowan to Secretary Welles, June 2, 1861. durin
Army of the Potomac, it took the field early in 1862, under General McClellan, and was actively engaged in the siege operations at Yorktown. It was then in Jameson's Brigade, Kearny's Division, Third Corps. At Fair Oaks it lost 11 killed, 48 wounded, and 1 missing, Major Culp being among the killed. At Fredericksburg, out of 316 present, there was a loss of 18 killed, 80 wounded, and 52 missing, many of the latter being killed or wounded. In that battle the brigade was commanded by General J. H. Ward. At Chancellorsville the loss was 10 killed, 43 wounded, and 18 missing; at Gettysburg, 11 killed, 46 wounded, and 58 missing; at the Wilderness, 22 killed, 128 wounded, and 3 missing. These were the casualties as officially reported. Upon the discontinuance of the Third Corps the regiment became a part of Alex. Hays's Brigade, Birney's (3d) Division, Second Corps. The hard fighting at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania reduced the ranks so that it was consolidated into a battalion of
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 55.-the fight at Matthias point. (search)
eamer Pawnee, Potomac River, June 27, 1861. sir:--About sundown the evening of the 26th instant, while at anchor off Acquia Creek, I received an order from Commander Ward (a copy of which is herewith enclosed) to send him two boats armed and equipped, in command of Lieutenant Chaplin. This order was immediately complied with in all its details, and the party left the ship in tow of the Resolute at 9 o'clock A. M. To-day, about noon, the Resolute returned, with a request from Captain Ward that I should send her back if I had no more important service for her. I immediately despatched the Reliance to Captain Ward, knowing the danger to which our people wCaptain Ward, knowing the danger to which our people would be exposed if he contemplated a landing at Matthias Point, as I feared was his intention, judging from the nature of the order he gave me, to furnish him with such equipments as were necessary to cut down trees on the point and burn them. At 9 o'clock this evening the Freeborn and Reliance came up, having been repulsed by
r, T. R., D. 35 Wallace, —, Col. of the Indiana Zouaves, D. 95; at Romney, Va., D. 100 Wallace, William Ross, P. 18, 62 Wallis, S. T., Doc. 123 Wallis, S. Teakle, P. 59 Walrath, Col., D. 84 Wandel, Jesse, generosity of, P. 41 War, casualties in, average of, P. 95 War in America, the London News on the, D. 85 War Questions to C. M. Clay, P. 62 War-Song, P. 19 War-Song, by T. P. Rossiter, P. 118 War-Song of the Free, P. 86 Ward, J. H., Capt., U. S. N., at the bombardment of Acquia Creek, Va., D. 88; report of the action, Doc. 320 Wardrop, D. W., Col., of Mass., D. 105 Warner, Andrew, Col., Doc. 362 Warren, Richard, Speech at the Union meeting, N. Y., Doc. 108 Warsaw, Mo., Southern Rights meeting held at, D. 47 Washburne, —, Lieut-Col., at Great Bethel, D. 98 Washington, D. C., secessionists to seize, D. 8; trouble anticipated at, D. 9; notice of, D. 10; military preparations at, D. 22; thr
cers and men of my command, during these movements, bore themselves with the most soldierly behavior. I cannot speak too highly of the cavalry commands of Colonel Gray, Colonel Shanks, Captain Dickey, and Captain Twyman, for the valuable services they rendered constantly. Flegle's sharp-shooters were promptly at their post, ready at any time to do their duty as becomes their commands, as also the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois, Lieut.-Col. McCowas. The Twenty-seventh Kentucky, Lieut.-Col. J. H. Ward, also rendered efficient service south of the river — not forgetting to bring to your notice Lieut. Hales, sixth section battery Fifth Michigan, and Capt. Hall, commanding battery Thirty-third Kentucky. I was materially assisted in my duties of the disposition and movements of my command by J. S. Butler, A. A. A. G., and Captain Stacey, of (Gen. Gilbert's staff; also by the energy and efficiency of volunteer aids Lieut. Smith, Thirteenth Kentucky, and Lieut. Dawson, Thirty-third K
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fight with gunboats at Mathias point. (search)
ped,) with twenty-three men, towed by the Reliance, to report to Captain Ward, of the Freeborn, * * and yesterday morning he found the Freebor four or five miles below Mathias's Point, and there reported to Captain Ward. Lieutenant Chaplin continues as follows: The Freeborn then stoobout ten the landing was effected, my party under the charge of Commander Ward, who landed with me. I threw my men out as skirmishers, and on judged there were some four or five hundred men. I went back to Commander Ward and reported, when he ordered me to take to the boats and lay o, that when he reached the Freeborn he learned of the injury to Commander Ward, and also to several of his men. June 27th, 1861, Commander S. s my painful duty to announce to the Department the death of Commander J. H. Ward, of the Freeborn. He was shot in the abdomen while in the ae in the act of sighting his bow-gun. Surgeon Gunnell reported Commander Ward killed, two men dangerously, and two men severely wounded.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Aquia Creek, engagement at. (search)
May 31, with his flag-ship, Thomas Freeborn, and the gunboats Anacosta and Resolute. For two hours a sharp conflict was kept up, and the batteries were silenced. Ward's ammunition for long range was exhausted, and on the slacking of his fire the batteries opened again. Unable to reply at that distance, Ward withdrew, but resumence, Ward withdrew, but resumed the conflict the following day, in company with the Pawnee, Capt. S. C. Rowan. The struggle lasted more than five hours. Twice the batteries on shore were silenced, but their fire was renewed each time. the Pawnee was badly bruised, but no person on board of her nor on Ward's flotilla was killed.nce, Ward withdrew, but resumed the conflict the following day, in company with the Pawnee, Capt. S. C. Rowan. The struggle lasted more than five hours. Twice the batteries on shore were silenced, but their fire was renewed each time. the Pawnee was badly bruised, but no person on board of her nor on Ward's flotilla was killed.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blockade. (search)
Pawnee, then lying off Aquia Creek, two companies of marines, in charge of Lieutenant Chaplin. Ward had determined to land there, denude the point of trees, and leave no shelter for the Confederateer of a fire from the vessels, landed, and soon encountered the pickets of the Confederates. Captain Ward accompanied Chaplin. A body of about 400 Confederates was seen approaching, when Ward hastenWard hastened back to the Free born, and the marines took to their boats. They returned, but were called off because the number of the Confederates was overwhelming. A spirited skirmish ensued between the Confederates on shore and< the Nationals on their vessels. While Captain Ward was managing one of his cannon, he was mortally wounded in the abdomen by a Minie bullet from the shore. He lived only forty-five minutes. His was the only life lost on the Union side on that occasion. Captain Ward was the first naval officer killed during the war. His body was conveyed to the navy-yard at Brooklyn, where
with ocular certainty, and to say that not a sign of a movement, the cutting of a sapling, driving a stake, or carting a shovel-full of earth towards the erection of a battery exists. The jungle is very thick, but we penetrated a belt of it three hundred yards wide from the shore and three miles in length. Assuring ourselves of the facts as stated in this report, I have especially to ask for the steamers Reliance and Resolute of this flotilla, each a small rifled cannon in addition to the smooth-bored gun with which they are provided. For the want of a rifled gun in them, I was obliged to forbid their coming closely under a fire to which they could not reply with even an approximate effect. Lieutenant commanding, N. Collins, of the Anacosta, will make his own report. I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant, J. H. Ward. Commander U. S. Navy commanding Flotilla. To the Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. --National Intelligencer, June 3.
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 9 (search)
rigade of Birney's division, as far as the Peach Orchard, where, leaving the ridge, the remainder of Birney's division, made up of the brigades of De Trobriand and Ward, was refused, and stretched obliquely back through a low ground of woods, a wheat-field and woods, towards Round Top, in front of which, in a rocky ravine, the lef that the attack fell upon that part of Sickles' corps which stretched back from the peach orchard to the Round Tops—that is, upon the brigades of De Trobriand and Ward; and while sharply assailing this front, Hood at the same time thrust his right unperceived between the extreme left of Sickles and Round Top. The extraordinary da was thrown much out of position. To support that flank, General Hancock sent forward two regiments from Gibbon's division (the Fifteenth Massachusetts, under Colonel Ward, and the Eighty-second New York, under Colonel Huston), and to cover the gap on the left, he detached Willard's brigade from Hays' division; Colonel Willard
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