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Confederate (CSV)


William Frank Woodard

(1841 - 1904)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Known by Frank, in 1860 he was an 18 year merchant with his brother Simeon at Grove Hill, Clarke County, AL. He enlisted there as a Private in Company A (renamed I), 5th Alabama Infantry on 2 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain 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 promoted to Corporal, date not given. He was in Virginia hospitals with smallpox in October 1862 (and listed in one record as dying of it in January), was officially declared exchanged on 10 November 1862, and returned to duty on 20 January 1863. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and was captured again, at Gettysburg, PA on 2 (or 4) July 1863 and was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until 26 October, when he was transferred to Point Lookout, MD.

After the War

By 1870 he was a farmer at Grove Hill. He was the Clarke County Treasurer living in Grove Hill in 1880, and was postmaster there in 1900.

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, at least one of whom has his middle name as Franklin, and the US Census of 1860-1900.

He married Hannah Pugh (1847-1878) in February 1867 and they had a daughter. He married again, Josephine E Childress (1859-1954) in February 1882 and they had another daughter.


12/18/1841; Marengo County, AL


04/30/1904; Grove Hill, 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 28085]