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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1847

Vol. II

(Born O.)

Joseph J. Woods

(Ap'd O.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1843, to July 1, 1847, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1847.

 p307  Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1847, — and at Vera Cruz, Mex., 1848; on voyage to Oregon, 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver,

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Oct. 29, 1848)

Wash., 1849‑50, — Astoria, Or., 1850‑51, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1851‑52, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1852‑53; and on Recruiting service, 1853.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1853.

Civil History. — Farmer, Jackson County, Io., 1853‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in command of Regiment, Nov. 25, 1861, to June 28,

(Colonel, 12th Iowa Volunteers, Nov. 25, 1861)

1862, in the Tennessee Campaign, being engaged in the Investment and Capture of Ft. Donelson, Feb. 13‑16, 1862, — and Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 6, 1862, where he was severely wounded and captured, but was retaken the next day; on Recruiting service at Davenport, Io., July, 1862, to Jan., 1863; on Court Martial duty at St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 16 to Apr., 1863; in command of Regiment, Apr. to June 1, 1863, in the Mississippi Campaign, being engaged in the Capture of Jackson, May 14, 1863, — Assaults of Vicksburg, Apr. 19 and 22, 1863, — Siege of Vicksburg, May 22 to July 4, 1863, — Re-occupation of Jackson, July 16, 1863, — and return to Big Black River, July 16‑30, 1863; on leave of absence, Sep. 9, 1863, to Feb. 19, 1864; in command of Regiment, Feb. 19 to June 11, 1864, and of 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, June 11 to Oct. 19, 1864, being engaged in the Actions near Tupelo, Mis., July 13‑15, 1864, — Skirmish at Tallahatchie River, Mis., Aug. 7, 1864, — and Pursuit of General Price's Rebel forces through Arkansas and Missouri, Sep.‑Oct., 1864.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Nov. 22, 1864.

Civil History. — Editor of "Maquoketa Excelsior," 1865‑69. Member of Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1871; and of U. S. Commission to appraise Cherokee lands in the Indian Territory, west of the 96th Meridian, 1871. U. S. Receiver of Public Moneys in the Humboldt, Kan., Land District, 1871 (declined). Member of the Legislature of the State of Kansas, 1872 and 1874. Regent of the Kansas State University, 1872‑73. Farmer, Stock-raiser, and Notary Public, Montana, Labette County, Kan., 1871‑89.

Died, Sep. 27, 1889, at Montana, Kan.: Aged 67.

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