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Confederate (CSV)

Captain

John R. Woodward

(1832 - 1863)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a physician in Palestine, TX, and was commissioned Captain, CSA, date not given. He mustered his Company, "G" of the First Texas into Confederate service on 23 June 1861 at Palestine. He was on recruiting duty in Texas from February to April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was acting Major of the Regiment at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

Still acting Major, he was mortally wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, hit in the head by a piece of shell probably fired by a North Carolina battery. He was carried from the field and died of wounds on 22 July at Front Royal, VA.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and Simpson,2 His role at Sharpsburg from Lt. Colonel Work's Report. Gettysburg details from the Buseys.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

Alternately - in his memoirs, written many years later, Val Giles of the 4th Texas said Woodward was with his men near Front Royal on 22 July 1863 when he was hit in the hip by a sharpshooter, dying of that wound on 16 August 1863 (rather than on 22 July from his Gettysburg wound).

Birth

1832 in SC

Death

07/22/1863 Front Royal, VA; burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, VA

Notes

1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142  [AotW citation 1510]

2   Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 11  [AotW citation 20937]

3   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pg. 1415  [AotW citation 20938]