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Maj Noah Ferry
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1831
Michigan, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1863
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA

Noah Ferry was born April 30, 1831, on Mackinaw Island, in Michigan. At three, his family moved to Grand Haven. Ferry graduated from Bell's Commercial College in Chicago, with high honors. After he married, Ferry and his brother went into business together and laid out the plans for the community of Ferryville, on the White River.
Noah was appointed captain of Company F, 5th Michigan Cavalry on August 14, 1862, and was promoted to major within a few months.
Custer's Brigade had been held back for a time, near the Hanover Road, while the fighting erupted to the north, near the Rummel Farm. Custer, without orders, advanced his men. Around 1 p.m. they formed a line of battle along what is now Gregg Avenue. The commander of the regiment, Col. Russell Alger, was ordered, by Custer, to hold the position at all costs. The brigade advanced to a fence, in front of a stand of woods, and were immediately fired upon by the Confederates.
The regiment held the line for three hours against repeated attacks. During this heavy fighting, Maj. Noah Ferry saw that his men were starting to fall back. He yelled to them, "Rally, Boys! Rally for the fence!" Seconds later, he fell with a bullet through the skull, killing him instantly. Almost exhausted of ammunition, the regiment was ordered to fall back and leave the major's body on the field.
Major Ferry's body was recovered the next day and buried beneath a tree near cavalry headquarters, presumably Gen. David M. Gregg's headquarters at the Abraham Tawney Farm, on Low Dutch Road, south of the Hanover Road. [None of the farm buildings remain standing today.] A few days later, his father, the Rev. William Ferry, recovered his son's body and returned it to Michigan for proper burial. His remains were interred in Lake Forest Cemetery, Grand Haven, Michigan. Ferry has a grave marker in the Michigan plot of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, although he was never buried there. The reason why he has a stone in Gettysburg is unknown.
In 1874, Ferry Heritage Hall and the Ferry Memorial Reformed Church, in Montegue, were named in Noah's honor, as was a local street. On the front of the church is a bronze plaque dedicated to Major Ferry.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Montague Ferry (1796 - 1867)
  Amanda White Ferry (1797 - 1870)
 
 Siblings:
  William Montague Ferry (1824 - 1905)*
  Thomas White Ferry (1826 - 1896)*
  Amanda Harwood Ferry Hall (1829 - 1917)*
  Noah Ferry (1831 - 1863)
  Noah Henry Ferry (1831 - 1863)*
  Mary Lucinda Ferry Eastman (1837 - 1903)*
  Edward Payson Ferry (1837 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lake Forest Cemetery
Grand Haven
Ottawa County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: EFB III
Record added: Dec 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23442630
Maj Noah Ferry
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Maj Noah Ferry
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Major, 5th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
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