"As far as the Good Conduct Medal goes, I received a Field Grade Article 15 and also received a Good Conduct Medal. I recall the seeing the paperwork for the GCM and my First Sergeant wrote NO! so large as to fill his entire block on the paper work.…"
WARD, James; enlisted: December 3, 1850, New York, by Capt. Van Buren; born: Middlebury, Vermont; age: 21 yrs; occupation: farmer; blue eyes, auburn hair, fair complexion, 5’7¼”; Company H, 2d Dragoons and Company I, 1st Dragoons; discharged: December 3, 1855, Fort Thorn, New Mexico, expiration of service; rank: private; pension order No. 241,212 January 20, 1857.