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Former Civil War general William Ward Orme dies of tuberculosis at his home in Bloomington, Illinois.

William Ward Orme, detail
09/13/1866

William Ward Orme was a prominent Bloomington, Illinois lawyer, partner in practice to Leonard Swett, and friend of future Supreme Court Justice David Davis. He had left his practice to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War and rose to the rank of brevet brigadier-general. Following the Vicksburg Campaign, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and forced to leave the Army for a federal post with the U.S. Treasury.  His health deteriorated rapidly, however, and he died at his home in Burlington.  He was thirty-four years old.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Orme, Brig-Gen. W.W.," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 576.

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