★  Ward, John Henry Hobart

John Henry Hobart Ward

Born: June 17, 1823

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Father: James Ward 1790 – 1846

Wife: Isabella Garido 1830 – 1904


Attended Trinity College​

Occupation before War:

1842 – 1847: Served in United States Army, rising to Sergeant Major​
Served in the Siege of Fort Brown, Texas​
1846: Wounded during the Battle of Monterrey, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mexico​
1851 – 1855: New York State Assistant Commissary General​
1855 – 1859: New York State Commissary General​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 38th New York Infantry Regiment​
1861: Acted as Brigade Commander at Battle of First Bull Run
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1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Served in the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Chantilly, Virginia​
1862 – 1864: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Brigade Commander during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Brigade Commander at Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Assigned to hold the wheatfield at Battle of Gettysburg​
1863: Wounded during 2nd​ Day of Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1864: Wounded on the left side of his head at Battle of Spotsylvania​
1864: Removed from command due to misbehavior & Intoxication​
1864: Arrested by the Union Army on June 12th
1864: Honorably Mustered out of Service on July 18th

Occupation after War:

1864 – 1871: Civil Employee for the City of New York City, New York​
1871 – 1896: Clerk for the Superior Court of New York​

Died: July 24, 1903

Place of Death: Monroe, New York

Cause of Death: Struck by a passing Erie Railroad Train

Age at time of Death: 80 years old

Burial Place: Community Cemetery, Monroe, New York
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Relieved and arrested during the battle of Spotsylvania for being drunk and running away from the action of the Wilderness. This was without the benefit of a court martial. He was arrested on May 12, 1864 and mustered out on July 18, 1864.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Colonel Ward commanded the 38th New York Infantry up till Oct. 10, 1862, when he was promoted to brigadier. Lt. Col. James Strong then took over command just before the Battle of Fredricksburg.

Luke Freet

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Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
1842 – 1847: Served in United States Army, rising to Sergeant MajorServed in the Siege of Fort Brown, Texas1846: Wounded during the Battle of Monterrey, Mexico1847: Served in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mexico
I remember a while back asking about the file soldiers in the regulars, if any of them rose to rank as generals. I guess this counts in a way.


Aug 18, 2021
Somewhere in the Hudson Valley
He was struck "a glancing blow" by a cylinder on a passing Erie Railroad locomotive. BG Ward was distracted reading a letter and was unable to move out of the way before being struck. If I walk to the corner of the street I live on and look south, I am looking at the site of the incident (about a block away).






Monroe, NY Community Cemetery, Orange County, NY. The funeral was held in NYC but he was buried in the place he where he liked to spend his summers.