from The Worcester Palladium, 15 July 1863 (Volume XXX # 28),
Slandering the Dead

The Boston Courier slanders the memory of the gallant dead by publishing a scandalous assault upon the character of the late Col. George H. Ward, of this city, who fell at the head of his column in the battle of Gettysburg. There may have been men of the name of Ward who have been arrested for misconduct; and if our suspicions about the writer for the Courier have any foundation in truth, there are still men of that name who are capable of doing a mean act. But they never knew the man whose memory they traduce, nor the family whose feelings they outrage, or they would have given a different direction to their political malignity.

In politics the late Col. Ward was a whig, so long as the whig party had an honorable distinctive existence. But he was an honorable, high minded whig, with none of the narrow ideas and perverse feelings that find their outlet in the columns of the Courier. No man in Worcester was more respected than Col. Ward among those who could appreciate a gentleman of retiring habits, modest worth, and unsullied integrity of character and life. The grave is eloquent, it speaks his patriotism.