William Ballard

Death 1863 (aged 61–62)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Shot and thrown into New River; unknown if later burial occurred
Memorial ID 142038519 · View Source
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From "William Ballard, a genealogical record of his descendants in Monroe County, by Margaret Byrnside Ballard, p.1957", "William Ballard was the fourth of this name in direct line of this family. He was a Union man and was arrested during the War Between the States. After his arrest the commander of the company gave the order that William Ballard was to be killed in a way that would appear accidental. He was pushed over a bridge into New River as the prisoners were marching over it, and the cry was raised that one of the men was trying to escape. He was shot by the commanding officer. The facts of his murder were not known until 1890, when one of the men who helped throw him into the river confessed before he died. The company commander decided to preach the gospel after the war and at one time came to a Baptist Association at Rock Camp and all of the Ballards got up and walked out of the church."


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  • Created by: Ann
  • Added: 31 Jan 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 142038519
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Ballard (1801–1863), Find a Grave Memorial no. 142038519, ; Maintained by Ann (contributor 47611201) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Shot and thrown into New River; unknown if later burial occurred.