|Birth||March 2, 1842|
|Death||March 19, 1928|
|Unit||2nd New Jersey Infantry, Company B|
Private David A Gard
Company B, 2nd New Jersey Infantry
Gard was born in Morristown (Morris County), New Jersey on March 2, 1842. The 19 year old enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on May 27, 1861. Gard served in the regiment for 3 years. He was mustered out on June 21, 1864 at Newark, New Jersey.
The 2nd New Jersey Infantry was organized at Camp Olden, New Jersey on May 27, 1861. During Gard’s enlistment, the regiment was part of several major battles and military operations. A partial list includes:
Battle of Bull Run (VA) (July 21, 1861).
Battle of Gaines’ Mill (VA) (June 27, 1862).
Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).
Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862).
Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).
Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).
The Battle of Gaines’ Mill was the most costly for the regiment. The unit lost 30 soldiers, 6 were wounded, and 2 were captured on June 27, 1862.
Gard died on March 19, 1928 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Ord Cemetery in Ord (Valley County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Tucker Post (#96) of the Grand Army of the Republic(GAR) in Taylor, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Carson Post (#40) of the GAR in Ord.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.