Sgt. Goodman of CO G, 1st MO Eng. Also served in the Mexican War. Escaped while prisoner of Bloody Bill in the night during confusion while the band was crossing a river. He made his way to U.S. Forces and went to hospital and then served again. He had been taken alive as he was highest ranking member of the band of soldiers on leave from Atlanta going home for a month to MO. Bloody Bill wanted to exchange him for a Lt of his band that had been captured as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Emigrated to Santa Rosa , CA after the war and had a farm and blacksmith shop near town. Sold a booklet of the incident called "My Ordeal" for 50 cents for years. Died 1886 at age 57 and in the old rural cemetery here. He is an attraction on most of our various tours
Has a nice VA grave stone and old wrought iron fence around his plot and family occasionally visits. Met members of the 1st MO Eng. at Vicksburg NBP a few years ago after a reenactment weekend at Raymond, MS. I updated them on all of the above and more.
As a result of varius books and articles on the incident nobody out here was aware of any other survivor of the massacre at Centralia.