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Nelson W. Ward
[[Image:Medal of Honor, 1862–1895 Army version|center|200px|border]]Medal of Honor, 1862–1895 Army version
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Born: November 15, 1837(1837-11-15)
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Died: February 5, 1929 (aged 91)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Full Quartermaster Sergeant
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Unit: 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Battles: American Civil War
Battle of Staunton River Bridge
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Nelson W. Ward (November 20, 1837 – February 5, 1929) was an United States Army Medal of Honor recipient, honored for his actions while a private in the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the Battle of Staunton River Bridge of the American Civil War. He also was the author of one book.


Ward was born in Columbiana County, Ohio on November 20, 1837. He was married to Emily "Emma" Jane Hall on September 14, 1865. The couple moved to Greene County, Missouri shortly after their marriage.

Nelson and Emma had two children: Joseph Edgar, born September 22, 1866; and Virginia, born 1869.

In the late 1890s, he bought the Grundie Hotel in Springfield, Missouri, which he operated until about 1904. In the early 1900s, his family moved to Long Beach, California. Nelson lived in Long Beach the rest of his life.

His first wife, Emma, died on September 9, 1916, in Long Beach. He married Minnie Zurada Souder between Emma's death and 1920.

He is interred at Nelson W. Ward at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2008-10-18 in Long Beach, California.

Army service during the Civil War[]

Ward enlisted in the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 5, 1861. Ward attained the rank of Full Quartermaster Sergeant in the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Staunton River Bridge on June 25, 1864.[1] Ward led a charge from land without meaningful cover onto a railroad bridge that was secured on both sides by confederate troops.[1] Although his commanding officer had been killed, Ward led a successful assault of the bridge despite the Union forces suffering heavy casulties.[1]


Nelson W. Ward published the book, 'The Master Key' to the Problems of Passion Week and the Resurrection According to the Scriptures in 1915.

Medal of Honor citation[]


Voluntarily took part in a charge; went alone in front of his regiment under a heavy fire to secure the body of his captain, who had been killed in the action.[2]

See also[]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.