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Re: Woodward's 2nd Ky. Cavalry, CSA

Geoff,

Woodward is a fascinating guy and since I live in Clarksville and he was all over this area he is of great interest to me. What stinks trying to sort him out and his war actions are the total lack of his reports on any of his actions during the war - a reason he got fired as unit CO of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry (Woodward's).

I have all of the Union reports that mention him and his reputation was such that he gets blamed for stuff that he could not possibly have done as he was not in the area when the event he was blamed for took place. Other CS cavalry guys operated in this area like Napier, Wheeler and Forrest as well as some small time guys - not including guerrilla bands which none of these men were. Forrest gets similar blame in Union reports as well.

One of Woodward's best moments was in April 1863 when he used the fortifications built at Palmyra, TN by Forrest in late January to ambush Union river transports. He had a small brigade with him at the time and a battery of guns. His actions in damaging transports and even a US Navy warship brought swift retribution however when a task force under Leroy Fitch came a day or so later and literally smashed the town.

The only two images of him were actually taken in Clarksville and paid for by the then commander of the 71st Ohio Infantry, Col. Rodney mason, who had surrendered to Woodward and Adam Rankin Johnson earlier that day. Mason's statement went something like - "I wanted everyone to see the little cuss that I surrendered to."

Woodward would make the subject of a great article somewhere.

Greg Biggs

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