William and Mary

David L. Ward

Graduate Student History

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Current Research : Early American history from 1688 - 1832 with an interest in what happened to the demobilized Continental Army soldiers who moved west during the early republic.


Upon graduating in 1985, David served as an US Army Officer for 28 years in the Military Intelligence Corps and retired at the rank of Colonel in 2013.  He made great use of his history education while on active duty and working with senior leaders at all levels throughout the military and government. Fortunately, after this brief detour in life, David is being allowed to pursue his first love of history back in an academic environment.  David, his wife, Mary, and two daughters traveled and lived throughout the world during his service. David and his wife are now empty nesters and new grandparents in Williamsburg, VA. In his spare time, David enjoys hunting, scale model building and watching Cleveland Indians Baseball.



  • BA in History and French from the University of Mississippi (1985), Oxford, Mississippi
  • Masters of Business Administration from James Madison University (1995), Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Masters of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), US Army Command and General Staff College (1999) Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College (2010), Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania