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Federal (USV)


Gilbert Motier Woodward

(1835 - 1913)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

A lawyer in La Crosse from 1860, he enlisted in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry on 22 May 1861 as Private, and was promoted to First Sergeant. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 25 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 15 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Adjutant of the Regiment on 1 May 1863.

After the War

He was district attorney of La Crosse County 1866-1873, mayor of La Crosse 1874-1875, and city attorney 1876-1882. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1882 and served one term (1883-85). He then practiced law in La Crosse. He was the unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Wisconsin as a Democrat in 1886.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Wisconsin1. Further details from his Congressional Biography2.


12/25/1835; Washington, DC


03/13/1913; La Crosse, WI; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, WI


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 350 - 352  [AotW citation 10122]