Thomas Ward

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.  

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Often wondered if the roles had been reversed if the "Last Stand" could have been averted.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 24, 2016 05:16 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

They seem to be two people with a proclivity to go into harm's way no matter the cost.

Dec 24, 2016 05:22 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Did not know there were 19 recipients of more than one medal of honor! Simply amazing! Enjoy the holiday season!

Dec 24, 2016 05:30 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. It's snowing here and I know your feeling about that. This one was surprising because of who he served. Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2016 05:30 AM #4
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great information, James Dray ! I had no idea about the fact that two Custers died at the Little Big Horn. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2016 06:31 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I learned something new today. I didn't even know George Custer had a brother. Well I never asked, either. 

Dec 24, 2016 11:00 AM #6
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

He saw a lot of war in his short time alive. Wow! Great information that a lot of people are not aware of James, especially that he had a brother that died in the same battle. 

Dec 24, 2016 02:00 PM #7
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Yet another interesting post full of history, and have yourself a Very Merry Christmas my friend ...

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Dec 24, 2016 06:35 PM #8
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

And a very interesting story indeed James Dray 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2016 07:54 PM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Sad, sad ending to your history lesson today, James Dray , the Battle at Little Bighorn. Interesting was the names of so many Civil War battles I had not read about -  or, at least, remembered.

Dec 25, 2016 07:50 AM #10
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