Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Dudley H. Ward Civil War Letters, 1863-1864



Overview

Creator: Ward, Dudley H., 1845-1864
Title: Dudley H. Ward Civil War Letters
Inclusive Dates: January 25, 1863-September 14, 1864
Abstract: Dudley H. Ward (1845-1864) Confederate soldier and prisoner of war, was born in 1845 in Austin, Texas. The Dudley Ward Papers, 1863-1864, contains correspondence and one parole certificate documenting Ward's experience as a Confederate soldier at the Seige of Vicksburg, in camps in Mississippi and Texas, and in Galveston during the yellow fever epidemic.
Identification: AR.271
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet, (34 documents)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Biographical Note

Dudley H. Ward (1845-1864) Confederate soldier and prisoner of war, was born in 1845 in Austin, Texas. His father was Colonel Thomas William "Peg Leg" Ward, an Irish immigrant who fought in the Texas Revolution, served as Mayor of Austin and as the second Land Commissioner of Texas, and for whom the county of Ward is named. From the ages of eleven to fifteen, Dudley H. Ward resided in New York City with his mother, Susan Marston Ward, and received an education before returning to Texas with his father in 1860.

Ward enlisted as a private in Company G, 2nd Texas Volunteer Infantry. He was captured at the siege of Vicksburg and held as a prisoner of war in the hands of the United States Forces. Ward was paroled July 7, 1863. He died in 1864 near Galveston during a yellow fever epidemic and was buried in what is known today as "Soldier’s Rest" in the City Cemetery in Galveston. The exact location was lost along with many others in the 1900 hurricane, though markers for Dudley H. Ward and various other Confederate soldiers stand today near the "Soldier’s Rest" location.

Sources


  • Peg Leg: The Improbable Life of a Texas Hero, Thomas William Ward, 1807-1872. Humphrey, David C., Denton, Texas: Texas State Historical Association, 2009.
  • Dudley Ward Papers, 1863-1864, Archives & Records, Texas General Land Office.


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Dudley Ward Papers, 1863-1864, contains correspondence and one parole certificate documenting Ward's experience as a Confederate soldier at the Seige of Vicksburg, in camps in Mississippi and Texas, and in Galveston during the yellow fever epidemic. All but two of the letters are from Dudley Ward to his father Thomas W. Ward from army camps near Vicksburg, Mississippi, and near Galveston, Texas. One letter is from Dudley Ward to his brother James Ward, from a camp near Vickburg, and one letter is from friend and fellow-soldier J. S. Atchinson to Dudley Ward, from Camp Lubbock near Houston, Texas. The parole certificate is for Dudley Ward, from Vicksburg, Mississippi.


Arragnement

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Ward, Thomas William, Land Commissioner, 1807-1872
Civil War America
Correspondence
Galveston Region (Tex.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Manuscripts
Personal papers
Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863
Yellow Fever--Texas--Galveston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Dudley H. Ward Civil War Letters (AR.271). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Dudley H. Ward Civil War Letters were purchased at auction by Archives and Records Program Area, Texas General Land Office, December 2007.

Processing Information

This manuscript collection processed by Lauren Goodley, October 2009, and updated in January 2012.

Digital Copies

Materials have been digitized. PDF links were taken from: Input: Original Grantee: Ward, Dudley.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Dudley Ward Letters, 1863-1864

Certificate: Prisoner of War Parole Certificate for Dudley Ward, Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 7, 1863.
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp in the Field, to Thomas W. Ward, January 25, 1863.
Letter, Dudley Ward, Brenham, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, February 6, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Fort Pemberton, Mississippi on the Yazoo River, to Thomas W. Ward, March 14, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Fort Pemberton near Greenwood, Mississippi, to Thomas W. Ward, April 7, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, in Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Thomas W. Ward, April 18, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, in Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to James Ward, April 27, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, in Camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Thomas W. Ward, April 28, 1863
Letter, J.S. Atchison, Camp Lubbock, Houston, Texas, to Dudley Ward, November 16, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Houston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, November 26, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp Lubbock, Houston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, December 1, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Post of Velasco, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, December 12, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp Slaughter, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, December 21, 1863
Letter, Dudley Ward to Thomas W. Ward, 1863
Scope and Contents of the Records
Letter incomplete
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, 1863
Scope and Contents of the Records
Letter incomplete
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp at the mouth of Caney Creek, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, February 9, 1864
Letter, Camp near mouth of Caney Creek, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, February 13, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp near mouth of Caney Creek, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, February 22, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Camp near mouth of Caney Creek, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, March 4, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, April 14, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, April 18, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, April 28, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, April 29, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, May 3, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, May 4, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, May 23, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Mud Island, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, May 29, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, July 17, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, July 24, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, August 7, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, August 28, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, August 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, September 7, 1864
Letter, Dudley Ward, Galveston, Texas, to Thomas W. Ward, September 14, 1864