Re: Woodward's 2nd Ky. Cavalry, CSA
The more I find out about Thomas Woodward from other sources, the more that the verbal history that was pass down to my aunt when she was researching my family long ago makes perfect sense. You say that Woodward was kicked out of the Point for excessive drinking and my aunt said that Woodward was a hard fighting, tough, hard drinking man. The 2nd were repatriated after their surrender with Jefferson Davis in Washington, GA. and allowed to have a letter of safe passage and keep their horses. That lasted until they got back to Chattanooga and the Federal authorities in charge confiscated them and all of the men began a long walk, and freight train hitching trek back to their homes. The family story is that when my Great, Great Grandfathers Robert and Issac last saw him they were with him at least as far as the Cumberland Furnace in Dickson county Tennessee. Where my relatives were able to able to loan a few horses and some whiskey to Woodward and a couple of his long serving Oak Grove Rangers and they road back up from Yellow Creek up towards Clarksville, TN into Oak Grove, KY. I'm not sure if it was there or in another town in Christian County where his house actually was, but they started drinking to celebrate and one of his men offered to ride out ahead and check things out, because there where several Yankee sympathizers that lived in the town, who might not like to see them back.
As they road into town, Woodward got madder and madder about sneaking back home and started to announce his presence to the towns folk, loudly. This caught the attention of some of the deputies, some of whom were Union veterans and two of them road out to his place to wait for him. The Ranger that road out ahead saw them and road back to warn Woodward. It was getting dark and old Tom was never one to back down from a fight and the whiskey didn't hurt either, so he decided that he was going home either head first of feet first. One of the deputies caught him out on the road in front of his house and told him to go away, no one wanted to see him back, the other deputy was supposedly hiding in the house with a rifle in an upstairs window with a good enough vantage point to shoot him. Tom didn't back down and turned horse toward the house and the deputies shot him down. Neither Tom or the Rangers were armed they had lost their weapons during the surrender. The two other Rangers left, after being shot at.
I never knew who buried him, or where. But the story also says the the town also had many Confederate vets too, and at least one, if not both of the deputies were shot and killed in mysterious circumstances later, but I don't know that for a fact. Supposedly my Great Great Grandfather R. B. Stone ended up being promoted to Lt. Colonel and was one of the last to be promoted to battalion commander of the third battalion. which was H, I, K, L companies. One of his war buddies, Issac M. Bowers, was promoted up the ranks behind him to be his Executive Officer as Major, who originally was from Kentucky and was in the Oak Grove rangers, and then the 1st Kentucky under Helms and Woodward, stayed in the Cumberland Furnace. He became a thriving Store owner and married and had a daughter and his daughter married Robert's only son and that's how they are both my Great, Great Grandfathers. Robert ended up being the only family member related to the Vanleer's who owned the Cumberland Furnace that knew how to re-fire the furnaces and extract the iron orr. Anthony Wayne Vanleer had no sons, only daughters, his sister married my Great, Great, Great Grandfather Hardiman Stone. Robert had been taught the ways of making the Furnace run by his Uncle before the war.
One of Vanleer's daughters ended up marring Hugh Kirkman he became the owner of the furnace and he had a daughter and a younger son. His daughter, Mary Francis Kirkman was set up to inherit most of his estate and his son Vanleer Kirkman, who also served in company K of the 2nd Kentucky, some as well. Mary Francis, from one of the wealthiest families in Tennessee, at that time married a Yankee captian by the name of John Pierre Droulliard he was part of Rosecrans staff. This was scandalous, most of the Vanleer and Kirman, and Polk family would never speak to her again. But, R. B., knew his future and livelihood where in the ground over in that furnace and when they approached him about being the manager. He consented, the money wasn't bad either, and between him and Droulliard they helped re-fire the economy of Dickson County after the war. An example of letting bygones be just that.
BTW, I have several other fascinating Civil War era relatives, but I don't want to put too much in one space. Too hard to read and follow. Maybe later, if anyone is interested.