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Last update 25 Jan 2011

Williams, Benjamin F
Private
Company G

Enlisted 28 March 1862 in Company B of 42nd AL CSA at Olney AL; Paroled in the field at Vicksburg MS as a Private of Company B of the 42nd AL CSA; Paroled at Greensboro NC as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company G

Williams, David B
Private-3rd Corporal
Company E

Age at Enlistment: 35
Enlisted 29 March 1862 at Woodville AL


Williams, David Jackson
Private
Company G

Died in service at an unknown place of unknown cause at an unknown date (prior to 29 April 1864); Claim for deceased solider filed 29 April 1864 by Davis S. Williams, father; Brother-in-Law to Edmund Jackson Williamson (Co G); Confederate grave markers placed in 2001 at family cemetery located at southeast corner of Chambers County AL off County Road 500 in memory of David Jackson Williams and Edmund Jackson Williamson by Williams family; Following are letters from David Jackson Williams to his parents David S. and Nancy Woodall Williams (both courtesy of Ron Williams):
Mississippi August the 18th, 1862
Dear Father and Mother,
I take pleasure this evening to let you know that I am well at present and that I hope that few lines may find you all in good health. At present we are station
(ed) about one mile from Saltillo. E.J. Williamson is dead, he died on the 9th of August, 1862. We are stationed in a high state of cultivation with good water. This country rough and hilly and broken. I want you to write me as soon as you can. I hant heard got a letter from since (initials unreadable) Kent came hear. We hant got much rain hear in about 3 weeks. The dust is about 3 inches deep hear. I want you to write me soon as you can. I have drawn two months wages and we will get my bounty in a few day and combination money. I hant had time to rite you as often as I ought to rite. I want you to write to me as soon as you can. Remember me in the days of my youth.
Direct your letters to Saltillo, David J. Williams."

(editor’s note: above may be a reference to Richard J. Kent or a family member. Richard J. Kent was a neighbor and also a member of Company G, 37th AL CSA along with Absolem R. and John T. Kent.)
"September 4, 1862
Dear Father,
There is a heap sickness in camp now. There has been one man died since you left hear. Saton
(read: Slaton) is our Major. Jim Smith is promoted to orderly seargeant for General Martain (read: Martin). My weight is only one hundred and fifty four. I would be glad to see you, but the chance is bad now, but if I live till Christmas I am coming home. Then if I can get off. If I was out of this company I would go almost any where else before I would come hear again. Remember me in the days of my youth, David J. Williams."

Williams, James T
Private
Company I

Enlisted 6 March 1862 at Lafayette AL; Discharged at Columbus MS, apparently discharged and transferred to another regiment, and died in service; The circumstances of his discharge were captured at the time by (and later published) T.J. Carlisle (Co I). Carlisle recorded the events in his diary while at Camp Bluett near Columbus MS, and published them after the war in the 31 July 1902 edition of the WEEKLY ENTERPRISE:
"... Tuesday {August} 5th {1962}, went up to town to get papers for the following named members of the Company who had been discharged from service of the Confederate States, viz: ... Jas T Williams, June 22d, 1862, Columbus {MS}.... {entry of or about Aug 20 1862} We hear to-day of the death of Jas. T. Williams, who joined Capt. Kellam’s Company, Oliver’s Regiment, soon after he was discharged from our Company. Such are the fortunes of war, but before this struggle will end, many wives will be almost heart broken and many mothers mourn the loss of their sons...";
Another man, "J.A. Williams" witnessed the Confederate Pension Application of Mattie Burke, widow of Solomon G. Burke (Co I)


Williams, L J
Private
Company F

Age at Enlistment: 30
Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL

Williams, Paul J
Private
Company G

WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS but signed his parole there on 13 July 1863 in the field as a Private of Company G of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Died in service at unknown place and date of unknown cause as claim for deceased solider filed 25 Jan 1864 by Rebecca Williams, widow

Williams, Solomon
Private
Company B

Enlisted (Conscripted?) 2 Sep 1864 in Company B of 37th AL CSA; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company B

Williams, T J
Private
Company G

WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS as he is listed as hospitalized in Vicksburg Hospital #2 (no date) as a Private of Company G of the 37th AL Infantry CSA

Williams, U A
Rank Unknown
Unknown Company

Applied for Confederate Pension #S14460 in Humphrey County TN listing "37th Ala. Inf." as his unit - NO OTHER REFERENCE YET FOUND TO SUPPORT HIS SERVICE

Williams, Watson
Private
Company E

Age at Enlistment: 34
Enlisted 9 Apr 1862 at Woodville AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg on 10 July 1863 with X; Still in service 22 June 1864; Buried in New Prospect Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, County Road 58, Henry County AL, gravemarker information "Watson Williams Pvt. Co. E. 37th Alabama CSA - b/ Aug 28 1872 d/ March 12 1923 "

Williamson, Edmond Jackson
Private
Company G

Age at Enlistment: 26
Enlisted 24 March 1862 at Cusseta; Disability discharge: 26 July 1862 at Columbus MS for "Consumption (Tuberculosis). Unfit for duty 60 days."; Died in service 9 Aug 1862 of unknown cause (Tuberculosis assumed) at unknown location (Saltillo MS assumed); Born Baldwin County GA; 5’9" tall with dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. Farmer by occupation; Brother-in-Law to David Jackson Williams (Co G); Confederate grave markers placed in 2001 at family cemetery -- southeast corner of Chambers County AL off County Road 500 in memory of David Jackson Williams and Edmund Jackson Williamson by Williams family. SEE RECORD OF DAVID JACKSON WILLIAMS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Williamson, Thomas F
Private-Sergeant
Company D

Age at Enlistment: 21
Enlisted 9 Apr 1862 at Auburn AL; Appears on Muster Roll of Company D dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Hospitalized in Ross Hospital at Mobile AL 28 Sep - 7 Oct 1864 with Febris Intermittens, Tert. (malaria); Mentioned as living in 1902 in WEEKLY ENTERPRISE article which included roster of Company D: "In this week’s issue will be found muster roll of Co D... The following are the only names that have been furnished us with postoffice address:... T F Williamson, Opelika."; Witnessed the Confederate Pension of the widow of F.M. Brewer (Co D) along with J.T. Pritchett (Cos. E & D); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of James T. Capps (Co D) with R.D. Nunn (Co D); A "T.F. Williams" witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mrs. N.J. Hargrove, widow of Stephen P. Hargrove (Co D)

Williford, J
Private
Company F

Age at Enlistment: 29
Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL

Williford (sic Wilford/Wifford) D H (E H)
Private
Company D & F

Age at Enlistment: 23
Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL; WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS as he signed his parole there in City Hospital on 13 July 1863 with X as a Private of Company D of the 37th AL Infantry CSA (Miller has him as "D H Wilford"); WIA at Lookout Mountain TN on 24 Nov 1863


Williford (sic Willford), W A
Corporal
Company F

Age at Enlistment: 26
Enlisted 12 March 1862 at Pike County AL; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Witnessed Pension Affidavit attesting to the service of William W. Wilson (Co. F) on 5 Jul 1899; Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mrs. M.C. Castleberry, widow of Isaac Castleberry (Co. F); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of M. V. Gibson (Co. K); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mrs. E.A. Hood, widow of Moses Hood (Co. F); Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Margaret Johnson, widow of Thomas Johnson (Company F);
His obituary, published in the TROY MESSENGER, Troy, Ala., of Jan. 24, 1912:  "W. A. Williford, living near Logton, a Confederate veteran, who did valiant service in Company 'F', 37th Alabama Regiment, died at his home yesterday, seven miles north of Troy on the China Grove road. He was buried at Union Church, of which he was a member, above China Grove, this afternoon.  He was 76 years of age and was the father of 14 children, 12 of whom, with the widow, survive him. His death will be a source of much regret to his many old comrades and friends.";
Union Church is located in Bullock Co, AL


Wilson, James
Private-Corporal
Company K

WIA at Corinth MS on 3 or 5 Oct 1862; Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863 as a Private of Company F of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; POW near Atlanta on 22 July 1864 and sent to Nashville, Louisville and on to Camp Chase OH; One of 3494 POWs, including 143 officers, transferred to City Point VA for exchange on 4 March 1865; Received as "Bouleware’s & Cox’s Wharves on the James River, VA" on March 10, 11 or 12, 1865; Hospitalized in Wayside or General Hospital #9 at Richmond VA on 11 March 1865; Hospitalized in Howard’s Grove Hospital at Richmond VA 12 March 1865; Furloughed for 30 days on 17 March 1865; Buried at New Hope Cemetery, New Hope Community AL / UDC Confederate Grave Marker placed in June 1998

Wilson, Thomas E
Sergeant
Company B

POW at unknown action reported near Nashville TN 16 Dec 1864 and sent to Louisville KY and on to Camp Douglas (Chicago IL); Discharged 20 June 1865 at Camp Douglas IL; residence: Clark County MS (possibly misfiled)

Wilson, William Wallace
Private
Company F

Age at Enlistment: 32
Enlisted 1 Feb 1862 in Pike County by C.C. Pennington; Mustered into Confederate Service on 2 March 1862 at Pike County by Captain Uriah Dunn; Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; Appears on receipt roll for clothing issued at General Hospital at Montgomery AL dated 15 Dec 1863; Paid 1 Jan 1864; Detailed to C.S. Arsenal at Montgomery AL in Jan 1864 and appears on muster roll of detailed soldiers on duty there during Jan and Feb dated 26 March 1864; Paroled at Headquarters 16th (U.S.) Army Corps at Montgomery AL 18 May 1865; Signed oath 24 May 1864 that stated in part to: "...not bring arms against the United States of America or give any information or do any military duty whatever until regularly exchanged as a Prisoner of War..."; Signed and submitted to the State of Alabama an "Application for the Relief of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors" dated 29 Apr 1899 at age 69 while residing at Bartonsville, Walker County, AL; His pension affidavit was signed on 5 July 1899 at Witumpka AL by "Capt Pennington" (see Captain Cincinnatus C. Pennington of Co F) on a paper that appears to have been a copy of a bill used by C. Pennington & Co., Cotton of Witumpka, Ala. and is witnessed by "G. V. Gibson" (most likely misread for M. V. for Private Mathew Van Buren Gibson of Co K) and by "W. A. Williford" (see Corporal W.A. Williford of Co F); Affidavit read in part: "...This is to certify that William W. Wilson was a private soldier in my company during the confederate War. He was obediant and made as fine a soldier as we had in the service. Always ready when called on for duty and never flinched when rushed into the hardest fought battles. Respectfully C. Pennington captain of Co "F" 37th Ala Regiment..."; Born Dec 1832 in Gwinnett County GA - Died Nov 1903 and buried near Jasper, Walker County AL; Grave Marker is inscribed: "PVT WILLIAM W WILSON / CO F / 37 ALA REGT / CSA / DEC 1832 / NOV 1903"; Married Sarah N. Myrick 1 Feb 1853; Occupation: Carpenter (which may explain him being detailed to Arsenal); 5’5" tall with brown hair, blue eyes and dark complexion;

Windborne, H G
Sergeant
Company C

Paid $34.00 on 2 Dec 1863 for May and June 1863

Windham, William T
Private
Company K

Age at Enlistment: 21
POW at Iuka-Corinth-Hatchie on list dated 14 Oct 1862 and one of those aboard steamer Louis D’Or near Baton Rouge LA 9 Oct 1862 for exchange; Present at Vicksburg MS Feb and Apr 1863; Paid $55 on 3 June 1863 for Jan-May 1863; Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863 as a Private of Company K of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; POW near Atlanta GA 22 July 1864 and sent to Nashville TN, Louisville KY and on to Camp Chase OH; One of 3494 men including 143 officers transferred to City Point VA 4 March 1865 for exchange; Mentioned as having "died at home I think" in 1902 letter of A.J. Bryan (Co K); Reportedly died February 1866, and buried at Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, Pike County, AL (grave site located next to his mother, Elizabeth [nee Sessions] Windham McDonald).

Withers , William T
Colonel
1st MS Light Artillery

Joint Command of combined troops (inclusive of 37th AL) present at Chickasaw Bayou MS 29 Dec 1862 with Col Allen Thomas

Witherspoon, W W
Colonel
36th MS

Combined command of 37th AL following Dowdell/Greene’s injuries at Corinth MS

Witter, Alonzo O
Private
Company I

Age: 19 at death
Enlisted 20 Apr 1862 at Lafayette AL; Died in service 6 May 1863 at Baughan’s Station MS of unknown cause "...leaving neither wife nor child..."; Colonel Dowdell, Cmdg 37 AL, signed for coffin ($15.00 charge) for Pvt Alonzo Witter on 27 May 1863 at Canton MS; Claim for deceased solder filed 8 Sep 1863 by James Witter, father, and claim paid 26 Nov 1864 for $138.13; 5’3" tall with fair complexion , grey eyes, light hair and "Student", age 19 at death; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LaFayette Sun (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) with Privates as "Witter, Alonzo O., died at Yazoo City, Miss., May 1863"

Wolf, Henry W
Private
Company A

Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlisted 30 Apr 1862 at Auburn AL by J.F. Dowdell; Listed as Private on Muster Roll of Company A dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS but signed his parole in the field there on 12 July 1863 with X as a Private of Company A of the 37th AL Infantry CSA


Wood, Alonzo Bazilla
Private
Company A

Age at Enlistment: 17
Enlisted 22 March 1862 at Auburn AL by J.F. Dowdell; Listed as Private on Muster Roll of Company A dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Court Martialed on 15 June 1862 at Columbus (Tupelo Headquarters S.O. #73) charged with: "...Violation of 46th Article of War. Went to sleep while on duty 18 June 1862 at Blutz {read: Bluett’s} Bridge while a sentry. Lt. Col. Greene was objected to by prisoner as already expressing an opinion and should be removed from the Court Martial Panel. So done..." (SEE INDIVIDUAL RECORDS OF Lt Col Alexander A. Greene, Capt Marion C.J. Searcy, Pvt Giles W. Richards and Sgt James M. Sanders FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON COURT MARTIAL PROCEEDINGS) Following the testimony of Searcy, Richards and Sanders, the record reflects:
"... The court was cleared for deliberation and having maturely considered the evidence, we find the accused Private Alonza Wood of the specification to the charge, not guilty and of the charge, not guilty in manner and fairness as alleged against him, but find him guilty of negligence in the discharge of his duty and find him guilty of carelessness but shall consider the exculpating circumstances of sickness {possibly measles or malaria, his inexperience as a soldier along with his young age also appears to have weighed heavily on the court -editor}. It is therefore considered by the court that the defendant shall be jubicaly reprimanded by the president in open court in the severest manner known to the court and being a raw recruit, that the president be requested to instruct him fully as to his duties as a sentinal and state fully the penalty of a neglect or violation of such duty and that the limits of the arrest of said accussed {sic} are hereby extended with directions to report back to his command.
/s/ J.W. PORTIS, COL. COM.
42nd REGT.
A.V. PRESIDENT COURT..."

The court’s ruling was disapproved of by the commanding general:
"... The findings and sentence are disapproved. That part of the sentence releasing the prisoner is an assumption which it is difficult to conceive a court could seriously make
/s/ Braxton Bragg
Gen. Comdg. ..."
;
Wood signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863 with X; Hospitalized 9 Aug 1864 in Ocmulgee Hospital at Macon GA with gunshot wound of right shoulder (a flesh wound) with gunshot entering posterior of right arm, upper 3-inches and passing out through pectoral muscle; Furloughed 12 Aug 1864; Resident of Henry County AL; Brother to William Asberry Wood (Cos. A & I)


Wood, Benjamin
Private
Company K

Age at Enlistment: 40

Wood, James
Private
Company K

Medical discharge from active duty: "Chronic ulcer of left tibia with explanation of the bone..." and detailed for hospital duty at Marion MS 30 Sep 1863; Paroled at Montgomery AL 24 May 1865; 5’8" tall with light hair, blue eyes and light complexion

Wood, John A
Private
Company H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; Died in service 20 Oct 1862 of typhoid fever at Okolona MS and buried there

Wood, John W
Private
Company H

Enlisted 31 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Disability Discharge 26 Aug 1862 at Columbus MS: "Unfit for duty 60 days" (no other information regarding disability); 5’7" tall with fresh complexion, black eyes, dark hair and farmer by occupation

Wood, Joseph
Private
Company H

Enlisted 18 March 1862 at Lawrenceville AL; Served as Nurse 12 July 1863 in Loring’s Division Hospital at Marion MS and again in Nov 1863 to 22 Jan 1864

Wood, W W
Private
Company K

Died in service 6 Oct 1864 of pneumonia at unknown location

Wood, William Asberry
Private
Company A

Age at Enlistment: 28
Enlisted 13 May 1862 at Abbeville AL by A.C. Gorden ; Listed as Private on Muster Roll of Company A dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; POW at Iuka-Corinth-Hatchie aboard steamer Dacotah 9 Oct 1862 for exchange; Exchanged 18 Oct 1862 and officially declared exchanged 8 Nov 1862; Served Extra Duty in Hospital #2 at Vicksburg MS 18-31 May 1863; Signed his parole in the field at Vicksburg MS on 9 July 1863 as a Private of Company A of the 37th AL Infantry CSA; Brother to Alonzo B. Wood (Company A); Served through Spring 1865 (Unfortunately, the NARA records of clearly two men WILLIAM ASBERRY WOOD of Company "A" and WILLIS A. WOOD of Company "I" appear to have been combined)

Wood, Willis A
Private
Company I

Enlisted 25 April 1862; Discharged at Auburn AL; The circumstances of his discharge were captured at the time by (and later published) T.J. Carlisle (Co I). He recorded the events in his diary while at Camp Bluett near Columbus MS, and published them after the war in the 31 July 1902 edition of the WEEKLY ENTERPRISE: "... Tuesday {August} 5th {1862}, went up to town to get papers for the following named members of the Company who had been discharged from service of the Confederate States, viz: ... The following were discharged at Auburn: ... Willis Wood, May 1862...."; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LaFayette Sun (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) with Privates as "Wood, Willis, discharged at Auburn, May 1862" (Unfortunately, the NARA records of clearly two men WILLIAM ASBERRY WOOD of Company "A" and WILLIS A. WOOD of Company "I" appear to have become combined)

Wood , Elisha
(sic Word, Elijah)
Private
Company B

Enlisted 15 March 1862 at Daviston AL; WIA or sick at Vicksburg MS and signed his name "Elisha" Wood on 13 July 1863 in City Hospital there; POW at Chattanooga (Lookout Mountain) TN 24 Nov 1863 and sent to Nashville TN, Louisville KY and on to Rock Island Prison IL

Woodbarn (Woodham/Woodhamn?), W A
Private
Company D & E

POW at Iuka-Corinth-Hatchie present at Corinth MS 9 Oct 1862 and on list dated 13 Oct 1862; Among POWs aboard Dacotah; Declared officially exchanged 8 Nov 1862; PROBABLY same man as William A Woodham/Woodhamn, Co A

Wooddy (Woody), Jonathan T (John F)
Private
Company I

Enlisted 26 Apr 1862 at Lafayette AL (also 28 Apr 1862 with his brothers at Camp Johnson by John Wimblish Oslin); POW at Iuka MS 18-19 Sep 1862 and paroled; Died in service 1 Oct 1862 of dysentery at Iuka MS; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LaFayette Sun (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) with Privates as "Woody, John T., died at Iuka, Miss. Oct. 1862"; Brother of Henry and Judson Woody (both Co I); Half-Nephew of Isaac Winston Stamps and George Rockingham Gilmer Stamps, (both also of Co I)

Wooddy (Woody), Judson M
Private
Company I

Age: 28 in 1865
Enlisted 24 Apr 1862 at Lafayette AL (also 28 Apr 1862 with his brothers at Camp Johnson by John Wimblish Oslin); Signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 10 July 1863; POW/WIA 25 Nov 1863 (Missionary Ridge TN) present at Ringgold GA and Hospitalized in (USA) General Hospital at Bridgeport AL with gunshot wound of left foot treated with simple dressing and transferred to Nashville TN on 11 Dec 1863; Sent to General Hospital #3 at Nashville TN on 14 Dec 1863; Transferred from Nashville to Louisville KY and on to Camp Chase OH; Transferred to Johnson Island (in Lake Erie off Sandusky OH/previously had primarily served as an Officers Prison) on 13 Sep 1864; Released on Oath 13 June 1865; 5’10" tall with black hair and hazel eyes and dark complexion; Age 28 at release; Brother to Henry and Jonathan Woody, (both of Company I) and the only war survivor of the three Woody brothers; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of LaFayette Sun (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) with Privates as "Woody, Judson M., captured at Missionary Ridge Nov. 25, 1863"; Half-Nephew of Isaac Winston Stamps and George Rockingham Gilmer Stamps, (both of Co I); Committed suicide 4 July 1869 (the 6th anniversary of Vicksburg surrender)


Wooddy (Woody), Henry Britton
(sic Woodbyn, Henry O.)
1st Sergeant
Company I

Enlisted 6 March 1862 at Lafayette AL (also Camp Johnson 28 Apr 1862 by John Wimblish Oslin alongside his brothers Judson and Jonathan); Paid $40 on 31 Dec 1862 for service in Nov and Dec 1862; Hospitalized in Hospital No. 2 at Vicksburg MS and died in service of unstated prolonged disease 8 May 63 at Vicksburg MS; Buried in Grave No. 1078 of Soldiers Rest plot of Cedar Hill (Vicksburg City) Cemetery, Vicksburg MS; Claim for deceased soldier filed 14 Dec 1863 by Julia E. Wooddy, widow; Brother to Judson and Jonathan Woody (both Co I); Half-Nephew of Isaac Winston Stamps and George Rockingham Gilmer Stamps, (both also Co I); Prewar served as proprietor of Wooddy Hotel at LaFayette AL with wife Julia and his brother Judson and Judson's wife Martha (prior to sale of their interest in the hotel to Henry);
Emily Forman (Henry’s sister-in-law) diary entry April 3, 1863: "Father received a telegraphic dispatch Wednesday evening from Dr. Oslin (Lt. John Wimblish Oslin, regimental surgeon) dated March 28th which ran thus: ‘Henry B. Wooddy has been dangerously ill, is better today, will telegraph tomorrow.’ It was quite a shock upon us all. We knew that Bro. Henry was in the hospital but Judson [his brother] has been writing Sister Julia and always reported him as improving slowly. We had no idea that he was in immediate danger unless he took some sudden change but rather feared that his disease tended to consumption. I have been deeply distressed but was somewhat relieved yesterday on hearing from Mr. McCurdy who is just from Vicksburg. I understand that he saw Dr. Oslin the day that the dispatch was sent, also the following day, who told him that Brother Henry was better each day than the previous one."
Emily Forman diary entry April 7, 1863: "We heard from Bro. Henry yesterday through Mrs. Oslin. She left Vicksburg March 31st. He was still improving at that time she says but was still quite sick. Dr. Oslin said he considered him out of danger. Sister Julia is trying to make arrangements to go to him but has not succeeded in getting a gentleman to accompany her I hope she will get off soon. I do not know why Dr. Oslin did not telegraph again. It may have been on account of the wires having been blown down by the recent storm."
Emily Forman diary entry April 8, 1863: "Sister is making arrangements to start to him tomorrow. She intends leaving both the children - Lida with Mrs. Wooddy and Jimmie with us. - She might have left this morning but little Jimmie was quite unwell. He seems better this evening and if he gets no worse she will most probably leave tomorrow morning. We expect Mrs. Oslin to accompany her."

Emily Forman diary entry April 9, 1863: "Sister Julia left for Vicksburg this morning. The carriage has not yet returned from the depot." (later entry of the same date) "The carriage has returned and we have received a dispatch. It was dated Apr. 8th and said Bro. Henry was no better. Poor fellow, I am afraid that we shall never see him alive again. I am so glad that Sister Julia has gone. I do hope that she may get to see him before he dies, if he may not be spared."
Emily Forman diary entry May 2, 1863: "We received a letter from Sister Julia the Sunday after I last wrote in my journal (Sunday, Apr 19), also another last Tuesday. She reached Vicksburg the Sunday night after she left home. (four days travel) She was told on her arrival that he was very feeble and very emaciated and expressed little, if any, hope of his recover, but said she had hopes that the doctors were the best judges. They, it appears, tried to encourage her."
Emily Forman diary entry May 10, 1863: "We received a telegram today from Dr. Oslin dated May 8th which ran thus: ‘H.B. Wooddy died today. Mrs. W. leaves tomorrow.’ This is a severe dispensation, but I am not surprised. May God grant us strength and grace."
Emily Forman diary entry May 14, 1863: "Sister Julia arrived at home again Tuesday evening, 12th inst. (May) and has been in bed ever since. She is deeply distressed but finds a strong consolation in religion."
Emily Forman diary entry June 5, 1863: "There is something which I wish to write down here as it may be of service to some one hereafter. The body of Henry B. Wooddy, which was interred near Vicksburg, Miss., was placed in a coffin made of cypress wood, painted or otherwise stained black on the outside, and lined inside with white linen. Three notches were cut under the right elbow. The coffin sloped from the shoulder, was straight from the shoulder to the elbow, and sloped from the elbow to the footpiece. The body was dressed in a brown jeans coat and pants and a camp shirt. There were brass buttons on the coat. The design on the buttons was an eagle with its wings spread, which was encircled by stars near the edge of the button."
Emily Forman added a poem about Lorene Stamps Wooddy, mother of Henry:
"And my first born lies surrounded by the gallant and the good,
Where the grand old Mississippi onward rolls his mighty flood."

Mentioned in The Weekly Enterprise (Enterprise, Chambers County, Ala) article of unknown date in 1902 detailing formation of Company I: "... An election by ballot was then ordered by the Chairman for each office in the Company, which resulted as follows: ... H B Wooddy, O Sergt (Orderly Sergeant)..."; Appears on Muster Roll of "Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862" published in 31 July 1901 issue of The LaFayette Sun (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) as "1st Serg’t - H.B. Wooddy, died at Vicksburg, Miss., May 1863"

Marker that is mistakenly inscribed for "Henry Woodbyn" of Company I, 37th Alabama Infantry is located in the Soldiers Rest, Cedar Hill (City) Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss., - photo of gravemarker courtesy of Janice Merrill Johnt in Burials section


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