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Sullivan Ballou
Birth: Mar. 28, 1829
Smithfield
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1861
Manassas
Manassas City
Virginia, USA

Civil War Union Army Officer. He served as Major of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. On July 14, 1861, Ballou wrote an eloquent letter to his wife predicting his death. He was wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, and died from his injuries a week later. His sentiments in the letter became famous, and were quoted in Ken Burns' "Civil War" documentary. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Hiram Ballou (1802 - 1833)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Hart Shumway Ballou (1835 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  Edgar Fowler Ballou (1856 - 1924)*
  William Bowen Ballou (1859 - 1948)*
 
 Sibling:
  Sullivan Ballou (1829 - 1861)
  Jeanette Ballou (1830 - 1833)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Casualty of war
 
Burial:
Swan Point Cemetery
Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Plot: Group 205A, Lot 6
GPS (lat/lon): 41.85405, -71.38027
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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You will always be remembered, Sir, for the brave man you were, a soldier in our Civil War when brother fought against brother, Never Again! I regret your early demise and recall hearing your letter to your sweet wife, who loved and missed you so. Rest in...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014

- EM
 Added: Nov. 22, 2014

- SKP
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