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Confederate (CSV)


James Polk Woodard

(1831 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 28 year old farmer at Yorkville in Pickens County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company C (later renamed H), 5th Alabama Infantry on 20 April 1861 in Pickensville.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain (or at Middletown, MD) on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 2 October when he was sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange. He was declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was captured again, at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, paroled the next day, and sent to City Point, VA for exchange on 10 May 1863. He was killed at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary McAteer Duncan (1828-1879) in September 1849 and they had 5 children by 1860.


12/09/1831; Fairfield District, SC


0919/1864; in VA; burial in Woodard Family Cemetery, Shaw, AL


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28075]