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James William Bard

James William Bard (born in 1841 - died at Baton Rouge, La. in 1874) enlisted in Company A, of the Roundhead Regiment, 100th Regiment. Aug. 22, 1861; was captured in the first skirmish in which his regiment was engaged, June 3, 1862, but was exchanged in time to participate in the battle of Fredericksburg. He was promoted to be sergeant, Feb 1, 1863, and went with his regiment to Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

He reenlisted Jan 1, 1864, and was promoted to be sergeant major, March 18, 1864. He was severely wounded in the knee in the battle of Spottsylvania on the 13th of May, and only escaped losing his leg by amputation by threatening the surgeons with a pistol.

He was promoted to be second lieutenant, Aug. 7, 1864; captain, Oct. 16, 1864; and major, March 25, 1865. After the war he was engaged in business in Pittsburgh with John W. Morrison, afterward State Treasurer. He went to Louisiana in 1872, and was engaged in cotton packing at Baton Rouge.

He died of lock-jaw, the result of his arm being badly mangled by machinery. Major Bard married in 1870, Mary Clark, now deceased, daughter of James D. Clark, of Newcastle, Pa. They had no issue.

Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.