from The Worcester Spy, 8 July 1863 (Volume 92 #27),
Loses in the Fifteenth

We have he bad news that the 15th Massachusetts regiment has suffered severely in the battle at Gettysburg. Col. Ward and Captains Jorgensen and Murkland were killed. It is not stated in which battle they fell, but we presume it was in the battle on Thursday, for Colonel Ward’s body was in Baltimore Saturday, on its way to Worcester. The following dispatch, which we are permitted to publish, was received here Sunday.

Baltimore, July 5, 1863
To Capt. Church Howe, Worcester:
Killed in the 15th regiment, Col. Geo. H. Ward, and Captains Jorgensen of Leominster and Markland of Fitchburg. Wounded severely, Lt.Col. Joslin of Worcester, and Lieutenant Fletcher of Northbridge. Wounded, Capt. Prince of Oxford, Capt. Gale of Northboro. Lieutenant Stevens of Leominster, Lieutenant Murray of Worcester, Lieutenant Buss of Clinton, and Lieutenant Dudley of Grafton. Losses heavy. Victory ours. Col. Ward’s body was sent from Baltimore by express yesterday, at half past five o’clock in the afternoon. I will write you the particulars.
Lieut. W. R. Wheelock
Quartermaster 15th Mass. Regiment

Col. Ward was one of our bravest and best officers. He was also an excellent citizen, and a man of the highest personal character. His death will cause much sorrow in this city, where he leaves a wife and children and a large circle of personal friends. He was something over thirty-seven years old, having been born in this city on the 26th day of April, 1826.

Capt. Jorgensen was much respected here, our people having become acquainted with him while he was here as a recruiting officer. He was a brave and faithful officer, and deserves that his memory should be honored. The body of Col. Ward will probably arrive here today.

Capts. Walter Gale of Northboro and Albert Prince of Oxford arrived from their regiment in this city yesterday. Capt. Prince went immediately home, but Capt. Gale was yesterday at the Bay State House. His wound is a flesh wound in the thigh, and as no bones are injured, he expects to be well again in a few days. Capt. Prince lost the use of both his hands, which were bruised by a stray ball. He hopes to regain the use of one of them, perhaps of both.

A later report from the regiment states that Lieut. Col. Joslin was not wounded as was at first believed.

We get no further particulars as yet of the losses of the regiment in killed and wounded.


The funeral of this gallant and lamented officer will take place this, Wednesday afternoon. The arrangements are being made under the direction of the military committee of the city government, of which the particulars will be announced tomorrow morning. The service will be held at the Salem street church. The State Guards and the Highland Cadets are expected to form the escort, and the past members of the city guards will serve as a guard of honor.

The city government in all its departments, the past and present members of the 15th and of other Massachusetts regiments now in the city, and the various civil and military officers of the national and state governments, and the citizens generally, are invited to unite in paying the last tribute of respect to the remains of this gallant officer. It is hoped that the stores will be closed, and business generally suspended during the passage of the procession through the streets.