|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1863|
Civil War Confederate Army Officer. A native of Glascock County, Georgia, he was a practicing attorney in Warrenton, Georgia previous to his August 31, 1861 enlistment. Commissioned a Major into the 22nd Georgia Infantry, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on June 2, 1862, and repetitively proved himself a competent field officer in the skirmishes, battles and campaigns that the Confederacy's Army of Northern Virginia engaged. His promotion to Colonel is dated April 22, 1863. Involved in General Robert E. Lee's northward offensive in the summer of 1863, Colonel Wasden's Georgians formed Wright's Brigade, Anderson's Division, Longstreet's 1st Corps. This campaign cumulated at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with three desperate days of fighting on July 1-3. Colonel Wasden was "killed at the head of his command [on July 2] near the Emmitsburg turnpike" during an unsuccessful charge against the Federal position on Cemetery Ridge. His body was left on the battlefield, and a poignant moment occurred after his remains were collected for burial by Union soldiers. Colonel Horatio Rogers of the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry recalled the moment "Many dead lay on the Emmitsburg Road in front of us, and just opposite the right of the regiment, stretched at full length, was the lifeless form of a Confederate Colonel. His was a manly figure and he was smitten down in the prime of life. It was ascertained from a Masonic Certificate in his pocket that his name was Joseph Wasden…and it was determined that this deceased brother, an enemy in life, that had been stricken down far from home and loved ones, should be buried by fraternal hands, and the Blue uniforms gathered around the gray…raised the inanimate form in their arms… and reverently buried it [with] opposing picket shots serving as minute guns."
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Laurel Grove Cemetery (North)
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Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.|
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Remembering your bravery today.|
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