Gallant Teenage Civil War Soldier, One of Youngest to Die in War, Sends Apology

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GILES F. WARD was one of the youngest to die during the Civil War. Born in 1845, he died in January 1865 before his twentieth birthday. A memorial book was written about Ward and can be found on line, which documents his heroic achievements as a teenager. He was First Lieutenant in the Ninety-Second Regiment, New York State Volunteers, Adjutant of the regiment and later Aid-de-Camp for General I.N. Palmer. According to the Memorial, Ward found his regiment in battle at Fair Oaks when he joined. His letters indicated that he found himself in the trenches, often without food. After the close of the Virginia Campaign, the Ninety-Second was ordered to the Department of North Carolina. Ward was found of adventure and was often selected for scouting parties. General Palmer once remarked that he selected Ward because “he always does it so promptly and so well.” Ward participated gallantly in the defense of New Bern. Ironically, he was killed by the accidental discharge of a loaded pistol. Offering a one-page, ALS, Civil War New Bern, NC, July 9th, 1864, Ward apologizes to Palmer: “Permit to submit to you an apology to Major Harbut. I have also to apologize to you, Sir, for unintentionally (underlined) making a wrong use of your name.” Very interesting letter from Ward to Palmer, two men who had the deepest respect for each other.


Toning, fold reinforced on verso.  Very readable.


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