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 James Blackburn Ballard

James Blackburn Ballard

Birth
Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Death 15 Nov 1862 (aged 31)
Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Burial Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 108640300 · View Source
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James Blackburn Ballard was 5'10" tall, light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair and was born in Logan County,VA (now WV).
He enrolled on the 5th day of Oct, 1861, at Wyoming C.H. in Company I 8th Regiment of West Virginia volunteers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Ohley at the outbreak of the Civil War. He was mustered into service as a private on the 31st day of December 1861 at Buffalo Virginia in Logan county. The 8th Regiment became the WV 7th Cavalry later on and he was a 1st Sergeant.
He was wounded at Cross Keys Virginia on June 8, 1862. He was taken to the Gallipolis General Hospital in Gallipolis, OH. He was there until he died on November 15, 1862 from typhoid fever. He never fully recovered from the wounds that were inflicted at the Battle of Cross Keys.
In April of 1862 the U.S. Army General Hospital was built in Gallipolis OH at Fort Carrington. Federal as well as Confederate soldiers were treated here. The hospital was on 29 acres and equipped with 350 beds. During the height of the Civil War, the hospital treated over 750 soldiers at a single time. Unclaimed deceased soldiers were interred in the Gallipolis Pine Street Cemetary.
The hospital is no longer there, but it was located at the intersection of Buckeye Avenue and Ohio avenue. The Pine Street Cemetary is often called the "Old Cemetary".
Mortality rate from battle wounds and infectious diseases was very high. Many men succumbed to typhoid fever as well as their battle wounds. My great, great, grandfather James Blackburn Ballard never recovered from the wounds inflicted at the Battle of Cross Keys, VA. He died from these wounds as well as typhoid fever. He is buried in an unmarked grave at this cemetary. This has been closure for me. I've wondered many years where he has been buried and had tried to find a marker.
On the opposite side of this memorial is his tin picture that was taken prior to enlisting in the Civil War and also two testaments. One is dated 1851, the other is dated 1862 the year he was wounded and died. Also his book of prayers is shown. The testament dated 1851 is hardly worn, but the one dated 1862 is very worn as well as is his book of prayers.
The book of prayers is missing the cover and the first 18 pages. I imagine this testament and book of prayers was very much read while he was in the hospital prior to dying from his wounds and illness.
These effects of the war have been handed down several generations.
At his death his widow Evaline Ballard gave them to her youngest child James Albert Ballard. James gave them to his daughter Eva Ballard Burnside. Eva gave them to my mother Maxine Burnside Bradford. My mother, Maxine gave them to me and I will pass them to one of my children or to a museum for future generations.





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  • Created by: Robin Bradford
  • Added: 16 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 108640300
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Blackburn Ballard (24 Jan 1831–15 Nov 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 108640300, citing Pine Street Cemetery, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Robin Bradford (contributor 48044745) .