Under a ledger stone in the center of Block 2 at Fairmount lies Major General Orlando Ward, reputed to be the most highly decorated veteran in the cemetery. His military career spanned over 40 years and included duty in 3 separate wars or campaigns.
Peter Joseph was born in New Orleans La. in 1842. The son of a slave, Margaret Syphax, and an Austrian merchant, Spaero Narravitch. His mother, Margaret Syphax, was a descendent of the prominent Washington, D.C. Syphax clan. Margaret had seen to it that the merchant paid her owner for the baby boy in order to secure Peter’s freedom at his birth.