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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1866

Vol. III

(Born Ct.)

Eugene A. Woodruff

(Ap'd Io.)


Eugene Augustus Woodruff.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1862, to June 18, 1866,​b when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 18, 1866.

Served: with Engineer Company at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Oct. 1, 1866, to Dec. 4, 1868; and as Assistant Engineer under the orders of

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 7, 1867)

Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Farquhar, Dec. 4, 1868, to Jan. 6, 1871, — and of Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Howell, Jan. 6, 1871, to Sep. 3,º 1873.

Died, Sep. 30, 1873, at Shreveport, La.: Aged 32.​c

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1874, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Oakland Cemetery, Shreveport, LA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Lt. Woodruff's full name is from Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army.

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b Cadet Woodruff had seen service in the Union Army during the War between the States, although I find no indication of actual combat. In the Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion together with Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations 1861‑1866 (Des Moines, 1906), we read under Company "E", 5th Infantry, Vol. I, p777:

Woodruff, Eugene A. Age 19. Residence Independence, nativity Connecticut. Enlisted July 1, 1861, as Second Corporal. Mustered July 15, 1861. Appointed cadet at West Point, New York, Jan. 16, 1862. Discharged Jan. 16, 1862.

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c Lt. Woodruff died in the Shreveport yellow fever epidemic, from which he could have escaped: he is to this day remembered there for his heroic conduct, all the more so that he was an officer in the same United States Army that a very few years before had conquered Louisiana and crushed the independence of the Confederacy. Details are given in his AOG obituary, linked to above; as well as in "Historical Vignette 003 — Lt. Eugene A. Woodruff, Red River Hero", on the website of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, which includes a photograph of him as a Cadet, and 1873 photographs of the logjam he was sent to clear.

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