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William Ward (August 1840 - July 28, 1900) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

William Ward was born August 1840 in Mitchell County, North Carolina to Adam and Margaret Jane "Peggy" (Greene) Ward. He married Marinda Pitman (1839-1904) with whom he had at least nine children.

Civil War service

Ward enlisted in as a private in Company C on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in November 2, 1863.

He is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service until October 7, 1864 when he was charged with desertion. Ward returned to the regiment on April 28, 1865. The charge of desertion was removed by an act of Congress[1] passed on April 10, 1869.[2] It is likely, but not stated in the records, that he was left behind in North Carolina during Stoneman's 1864 raid into North Carolina.

When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville, it was recorded that he had last been paid to June 30, 1864, was owed $6.27 from the government for clothing, and had received a bounty of $25.

Post-war life

Ward died July 28, 1900 in Mitchell County, North Carolina and is buried at Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Hawk.


  1. Noted as Private No. 6 in 1869.
  2. A petition to pardon Joseph Ward "and others" of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry was presented by Senator John Pool of North Carolina and it was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, which approved the petition on February 2, 1869 for a Senate vote. See, Journal of the Senate, January 26, 1869, p. 143.

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