Dr. John Walton Ware (1839 – 1928)

Joined 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment on April 29, 1861 in Pontotoc County, MS at age 22. Assigned to Captain Taylor’s Company H Coonewah Rifles. Severely wounded (leg amputated at thigh) and captured at Gettysburg on 7/1/1863. Sent to DeCamp General Hospital, Davids Island, NY Harbor. Paroled to City Point, VA for exchange on 9/27/1863. Furloughed from hospital in Richmond for 20-days from 10/8/1863. Last company muster (Jan/Feb, 1865) remarks: “Has authority to appear before Medical Examining Board for retirement.” Complained after the war that “I don’t hate the Yankees for capturing me, except they buried my leg in Pennsylvania and I can’t scratch it.” He trained and practiced as a Dentist in Monroe, County, Mississippi. Lived his final years with his third wife at the Confederate Soldiers Home at Beauvoir. 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a group photo, probably near turn-of-the-century of Dr. Ware and his wife and several other members of the 2nd Mississippi. I think it came from an old newspaper clipping.  My mistake, not his wife.  Dr. Ware is fourth from the left on the bottom row.

Courtesy of  Michael R. Brasher
 


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