Artemas Ward, Ward Family

1727–1800

Artemas Ward was the first commander-in-chief of the American forces during the Revolutionary War. This video from the General Artemas Ward House Museum in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts provides information about his family.

Artemas Ward (1727–1800) was a general in the Massachusetts Militia at the outset of the American Revolution. He assumed command of the colonial forces during the early days of the Siege of Boston and directed operations until General George Washington arrived in July 1775.

This video discusses the history of the Ward Family and their role in helping manage the Ward House Museum.