I knew from family stories that someone in my family died in the Civil War. Recently I discovered that it was my Great-Great Grandfather. He died in Saunder’s Field during The Wilderness campaign. He was KIA on the first day of the battle at Orange Turnpike in Virginia on May 5, 1864. He left behind a wife and four sons. He was 42 years old.
His occupation on his Enlistment form was Laborer. He was with Company B, Massachusetts 9th Infantry Regiment he fought and died with his fellow Irishman for the Union. As President Lincoln observed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania…he gave the last full measure of devotion. Today I Honor my Great-Great Grandfather John Ferris.