George Taliaferro Ward
|George T. Ward|
George T. Ward
January 8, 1810|
Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
|Died||May 5, 1862
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861 - 1862 (CSA)|
|Commands held||2nd Florida Infantry|
American Civil War
Delegate: Florida Territorial Council
1852 Candidate Governor of Florida
In 1844 Ward married Sarah Jane Chaires, of the wealthy cotton-producing Chaires family of eastern Leon County. The couple had at least three daughters, Georgiana, Anna, and Mattie, as well as sons. Mrs. Ward would inherit other properties that were later incorporated into Southwood. However, she died in 1859, at the age of 33.
A duel took place between George Ward and Augustus Alston just north of Tallahassee. Prince Achille Murat was Ward's second and Dr. Randolph of Tallahassee was the attending physician. Mr. Alston hit George Ward first, breaking his leg. Ward fell to the ground as Alston walked toward him, still shooting. One shot broke George Ward's arm. When Alston got directly over Ward, he had no shots left while Ward still had one. Alston evidently then folded his arms and declared, "I believe he will kill me after all." Ward fired his last shot and missed.
Ward demanded more guns and insisted that Murat prop him up so that the contest might continue, but he fainted before his instructions could be carried out. It was later agreed to continue the duel, but before Ward recovered sufficiently to fight, Alston was killed in another duel.
On February 4, 1861, George Ward was seated in the Montgomery Convention on secession. In April 1861 he ran for and was elected to the Confederate Provisional Congress. Later that year he was elected colonel in the 2nd Florida Infantry.
In 1862 Ward's 2nd Florida Infantry was sent to Virginia to serve, where Colonel Ward participated at the Yorktown siege; but he lost his life to a gunshot wound at the Battle of Williamsburg. In 1862 the Ward family was presented the Confederate battleflag.
- Sarah Jane Chaires Ward on FindAGrave.com
- George T. Ward Secession Broadside, Special Collection, Robert Manning Strozier Library, Florida State University
- Baptist, Edward E., Creating an Old South, University of North Carolina Press, 2002
- Florida Memory Project: Florida Highlights
- John Shepard Haven