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Gover Macileer Ward Webb

Obituary of Edwin Plummer Gover, Friendship, Maryland.

Edwin Plummer Gover, a lifelong resident of Friendship, Md., died at the Confederate Home at Pikesville, Md., on March 10, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He was the son of William and Jane (Gover) Ward and was born at Fairview, his mother's ancestral estate on the Chesapeake, August 8, 1836. He was educated at the well-known school of Oakley, which is still in existence, In April, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate army as a member of the 2d Maryland Infantry, Capt. Joseph Macileer's company (D). He was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg, where his half brother, Emmett Webb, of the same company, received a mortal wound. Mr. Gover also took part in the battle of Hatcher's Run and was commended for bravery. He was present at the surrender of General Lee.

Some seven years ago Mr. Gover was stricken with paralysis and had since spent most of his time in reading. Last fall he was received into the Confederate Home at Pikesville. In early life he had his name changed to Gover in order to perpetuate his mother's maiden name.

From the time he left the army until his death Mr. Gover carried on his person a daguerreotype that he had with him at the battle of Gettysburg and which had been shattered by a bullett and probably helped to save his life. He was of a genial, kindly nature.

Mr. Gover's grandfather, Capt. Samuel Gover, a soldier in the War of 1812, was descended from Robert Gover, who, with his wife and son Robert, settled in the province of Maryland in 1650 and was granted six thousand acres of land, some of which is still in the family.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1915.

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