1/9 Plate Ambrotype of Lt. John W. Ward Co. B 6th South Carolina Cavalry


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1/9 Plate Ambrotype of Lt. John W. Ward Co. B 6th South Carolina Cavalry – This is a nice, great resolution, ninth plate ambrotype of Lt. John W. Ward of Co. B 6th South Carolina Cavalry. The image is housed in a full case; behind the image is s small, period piece of paper, with a period inked ID – “John M. Ward”. Lt. Ward is depicted in his Confederate officer’s frock coat and kepi; although the resolution is excellent, we cannot make out the details of his belt plate, other than to note that it is a two-piece, tongue and wreath type. We currently have a South Carolina officer’s kepi, almost identical to Lt. Ward’s cap; our cap was found at the home of a returning, western theater, Union veteran and had been in a collection, in the Missouri State Historical Society; research seems to indicate that the Union veteran’s regiment had engaged the 6th SC, in the war’s western theater.

Lt. Ward enlisted in as a 2nd Lt. in Captain Lewis’ Company, Aiken’s Regiment, Mounted Partisan Rangers, in July, 1862. Sometime in 1863, Lt. Ward was arrested and taken to Charleston, to await court martial and a resultant verdict. The accusation against Ward was seemingly based upon a disagreement between Ward and another officer. Ward would ultimately be exonerated – there are numerous copies of his written supplications and statements of innocence, sent to Confederate officials, including Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, in the National Archives. Ward would ultimately regain his position in the 6th SC and finish out the war in service, in that regiment.

This is an interesting, Confederate image, in fine condition. We will include a rather large compendium of Ward’s records, letters and associated information, from the Archives.

John M. Ward

Residence was not listed. Enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant (date unknown). He also had service in:”B” Co. SC 6th Cavalry


Name: John M Ward
Rank: 2 Lieutenant
Age: 28
Birth Year: 1834
Enlistment Date: 30 Jun 1862
Enlistment Place: Edgefield Ch
Military Unit: Sixth Cavalry



John Ward

in the 1850 United States Federal Census


Name John Ward
Gender Male
Race White
Age 16
Birth Year abt 1834
Birthplace South Carolina
Home in 1850 The District, Edgefield, South Carolina, USA
Occupation Student
Industry School Response (Students, Etc.)
Attended School Yes
Line Number 33
Dwelling Number 1441
Family Number 1441
Household Members (Name) Age
Lewis Derrick 38
Elizabeth Derrick 36
Martha A Derrick 11
Tillman Derrick 10
Elizabeth Derrick 7
Rufus Derrick 6
Simeon Derrick 4
James Derrick 2
Frances Derrick 1
Richard Ward 47

John M Ward

in the 1870 United States Federal Census

Name John M Ward
Age in 1870 34
Birth Date abt 1836
Birthplace South Carolina
Dwelling Number 254
Home in 1870 Beat 7, Chambers, Alabama
Race White
Gender Male
Post Office Chambers
Occupation Merchant
Male Citizen Over 21 Yes
Personal Estate Value 300
Real Estate Value 4000
Inferred Spouse Florence C Ward
Inferred Children Wm Lee WardJosephine V WardJohn M Ward
Household Members (Name) Age
John M Ward 34
Florence C Ward 32
Wm Lee Ward 7
Josephine V Ward 5
John M Ward 4