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Object Name BAYONET
Catalog Number 0985.02.00133
Description Iron bayonet fragment.
Material Metal/Iron
Dimensions L-10.5 inches
Owned G. W. Ward
Owner Regiment 2nd Florida Infantry (tentative)
Event Battle of Williamsburg
Provenance This bayonet was picked up on the battlefield of Williamsburg, Virginia. It is donated as a memorial to Colonel G. W. Ward, 2nd Florida Infantry. It is unlikely that this bayonet belonged to him, but this is ultimately unknown.

"Ward was killed at the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862. He was brought into town with a card upon his breast giving name and rank, and asking Christian burial. An officer of the Federal army, Capt. Hayes of the artillery, who was with him at West Point, asked permission to bury him with military honors. This was done; he sleeps in the Episcopal Church yard at Williamsburg, Virginia." (accession ledger)

People Ward, G. W.
Hayes, Captain
Search Terms Battle of Williamsburg
Peninsula Campaign
found on battlefield
Subjects Burials
Casualties, War
Dead persons
War casualties