Thomas Ward was born in New Rumley, Ohio back in 1845 to Emanuel and Marie. In 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army at 16 serving in the early campaigns of the Civil War as a private in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
He saw action at numerous battles including Stones River, Missionary Ridge and during the Atlanta Campaign. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Company B of the 6th Michigan Calvary. T 20 he had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Some more campaigns he was involved in which he will forever be in the history books for are for his actions during the Battle of Namozine Church and the Battle of Sailor’s Creek. For his actions, he is noted for being a two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor.
This places him as the first soldier to receive the dual honor, being one of only four soldiers or sailors to receive the dual honor during the Civil War and one of just 19 in history. Maybe you would know him better as Thomas Ward Custer, or his younger brother George Armstrong Custer. They both died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth. Only now you know the rest of the story.