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WARD, John Henry Hobart, soldier, born in New York city, 17 June, 1823. His grandfather, John, a soldier of the Revolution, and his father, James, who fought in the war of 1812, were both disabled by wounds that they received in the service. The son was educated at Trinity collegiate school, enlisted at the age of eighteen in the 7th United States infantry, and in four years rose through the several grades to that of sergeant-major. In the Mexican war he participated in the siege of Fort Brown, received wounds at Monterey, and was at the capture of Vera Cruz. He was assistant commissary-general of the state of New York from 1851 till 1855, and commissary-general from 1855 till 1859. In the beginning of the civil war he recruited the 38th New York volunteers, was appointed colonel of the regiment, and led it at Bull Run and in all the battles of the peninsula campaign, and subsequently at the second Bull Run and Chantilly. Being promoted brigadier-general of volunteers on 4 October, 1862, he commanded a brigade in the 3(1 corps at Fredericksburg, Chance!lorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spottsylvania On the third day at Gettysburg, where he was wounded, as also at Kelly's Ford and Wapping Heights, he was in temporary command of the division. He was again wounded at Spottsylvania, and was frequently commended for courage and capacity, in official reports. After the war he engaged in a civil employment in New York city.
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