States: Virginia: Lee
Melvin Chyle (Kyle) Ward, son of Samuel Ward and Orpha Bradley, served with the CSA, Company A, 50th Virginia Infantry Regiment as a Private. He was captured at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse on or about 12 May 1864. About 10,000 CSA soldiers were captured or missing from this terrible battle. The Yankees took Melvin to the POW camp at Elmira, New York, where he died of typhoid fever on 22 February 1865. His grave is now located at Grave 2240, Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, New York. "His son" William J. Houston Ward was born to Emily Roach Ward on 24 May 1865, over one year after the date Melvin was captured so this child must have been fathered by some man other than Melvin Chyle Ward, though the Ward family (my people) embraced him as one of their own.
Emily Roach Ward's marriage to William Bradley ended in divorce for on 9 January 1872 at Lee County, she married 3rdly, widower Andrew Jackson Thompson, whose first wife was Emily Brown Yost, sister to Nicati Martha Brown, wife of Lexington Daniel Ward, the grandson of Samuel & Orpha Bradley Ward and nephew of Melvin Chyle Ward.
It is interesting to note that Emily Roach Ward Bradley Thompson's sister, Louisa Roach,had a husband (Lt. Russell Woodward Legg) who was also captured, held POW, and died of starvation at the POW camp at Fort Pulaski, Chatham County (near Savannah), Georgia on 7 February 1865. Russell was counted as one of the "Immortal Six Hundred.>"
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