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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)
  Emeline Frances Bowen Ballou (1806 - 1876)
 
 Spouses:
  Sarah Hart Shumway Ballou (1835 - 1917)*
  Sarah Hart Shumway Ballou (1835 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  Edgar Fowler Ballou (1856 - 1924)*
  William Bowen Ballou (1859 - 1948)*
 
 Siblings:
  Hannah Frances Ballou Bogle (1826 - 1876)*
  Sullivan Ballou (1829 - 1861)
  Jeanette Ballou (1830 - 1833)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling

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 are remembered & the letter you wrote to your wife before you met your fate on the battle field has touched the heart of many. Rest in peace Sir.
- LoriAnne
 Added: Aug. 23, 2015
May we never forget your fearless service to your Nation. Rest in Peace in Paradise. With Respect from Oregon,
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
 Added: Aug. 16, 2015

- LawBaby
 Added: Aug. 12, 2015
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