Rebel from early years – to that degree that his father decided to remove him from school(possibly on his own demand) in 1847 and found him a position as second mate on the Hamilton, a clipper ship commanded by a family friend. Although Ward turned out a valuable officer, his bossy attitude wasn’t welcome by many ‘old salts’ so Frederick went on to pursue his adventurous career elsewhere. His ‘resume’ included pirate-hunting in Asia, "Filibustering" - raising private mercenary armies and leading them into other countries to advance either [one's own] schemes or those of wealthy sponsors and in Mexico, where he worked for the ‘King of Filibusters’ – William Walker - and learned how to recruit, train, and command mercenary troops. His adventure with Shanghai started in 1860, when he arrived with his brother originally for the purpose for trading. However, this kind of business definitely lacked the dose of adrenaline so Ward took up customary employment as the executive officer on the Confucius, an armed riverboat commanded by an American, employed by the “Shanghai Pirate Suppression Bureau.Prominent men of Shaghai quickly took notice of his bravery and initiative on the board of Confucius. His exploits, previous military experience, ability to rise above racism and empathize with local populations, and his stated mercenary intentions, made him an attractive candidate to lead a force of foreign nationals in defense of Shanghai against encroaching Taiping forces. And so he did – twice! What’s more – in the summer of 1861 Ward trained an increasing numberof Chinese in western small arms, gunnery, tactics, customs and drill and ceremonies. By March 1862, Ward's force would be officially named by the Qing government, and to history, as “The Ever Victorious Army”, and Ward himself would be made first a 4th-rank, and then a 3rd-rank mandarin, high honors from the Manchu court for a "barbarian".
4. Yun Bong - gil