There is a nice bio of Captain Ward in the "Annals of Lincoln County North Carolina" by W.L. Sherrill, 1937 [UGA library; F262.L6S553], which I transcribe for you below.
"Capt. Edward W. Ward, of the United States Army was born in Greenburg, Kentucky, September 15, 1843, son of Gen. W.T. Ward, who volunteered as a Union soldier in 1861, and Captain Ward, a youth of eighteen years, went to war with his father, and after the surrender continued in active military service until he retired in 1879. He married first to a daughter of the late Governor Tod R. Caldwell, and his second wife, was Bettie Lee, daughter of S.P. Sherrill, of Lincolnton.
Captain Ward was a resident of Lincolnton from 1882 until his death December 13, 1897. He took much interest in public affairs. Was Mayor of Lincolnton, 1887 and 1888. Was Republican candidate for Congress in 1888 and defeated by Col. W.H.H. Cowles, and defeated for the Legislature in 1896 by J.F. Reinhardt, by only four votes. He was a widely informed man, an attractive public speaker, and an active member of the Methodist church." [p. 274]
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