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Birth: May 14, 1844.
Death: Apr. 5, 1912.
Parents: Joseph B. & Sarah E. Seward.
Wife: Sarah Ann Seward, ( 1847-1936.)
Children: Annie Belle Seward.
Burial: Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia.
Private, Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry, Co. E.
Simon Seward was born in 1844, in Surry county, Va., near James river, and in 1854 came with his parents to Petersburg to reside. In his native county and in Petersburg he attended school, but early in the war he enlisted in the Confederate army as a member of Capt. E. A. Goodwyn's company, 13h Virginia Cavalry, and participated with his command in several engagements, among them those at Brandy Station, Middleburg and Ashby's Gap.
In the summer of 1863, when the regiment was in Maryland on its way to Gettysburg, young Seward was captured near Bock- ville, Md., and, after being confined six weeks in the Old Capi- tal prison, in the city of Washington, was sent to Point Lookout, at which. place he was a prisoner until the night of December 1, 1863, when he made his escape.
Returning to Petersburg soon after the surrender, Mr. Seward began business as a retail grocer, but, soon extending his busi- ness, became one of the wholesale grocers of this city. Leaving the business of merchandizing, he took hold of that of milling, and conducted this business successfully 'for several years. More recently, however, he has been conducting the business of a manufacturer of trunks and traveling bags, his establishment being one of the largest in the South.
For many years Mr. Seward was a member of the common council of Petersburg, officiating as chairman of its street committee. At this time he is a member of the city school board, of which he is the vice-president. Bural Messenger, July 2, 1892.
Author. Thirteenth Cavalry ( Sixteenth Battalion, Cavalry), Fifth Cavalry, 12 month, 1861-1862.