b. March 28, 1829, in "the outlands of Providence" (Smithfield)
d. July 29, 1861, Manassas, Virginia, of a wound from a cannonball
Ballou was a major in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers during the Civil War. He is perhaps best known today for his moving battlefield letter to his wife, Sarah, used to good effect in Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War.