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1903 Bio. ~ Joseph J. Woods ~ born Brown County, Ohio ~ January 11, 1823
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: December 14, 2003 at 16:18:19
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JOSEPH J. WOODS was born in Brown County, Ohio, on the 11th of January, 1823.
He took a preparatory course at Augusta College, Kentucky, and entered the
Military Academy at West Point in 1843. He graduated third in his class and
received a commission as second lieutenant. The Mexican War was then in
progress and he was sent with the First United States Artillery to Vera Cruz where he
served until August, 1848, when he was promoted to first lieutenant and sent
with his regiment to Oregon, where he remained until 1853. He then resigned
and became a resident of Jackson County, Iowa, making his home on a farm. In
October, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the Twelfth Iowa Infantry, just
organized. His regiment served with distinction at Fort Donelson and Shiloh,
being captured at the latter place. Eighty members of the regiment died in
southern prisons. Colonel Woods was recaptured by the Union army on the second
day's battle. He served with his regiment but often in command of a brigade, for
three years, until the term of enlistment expired. After the war he was twice
appointed by President Grant visitor to West Point Military Academy. He
removed to Kansas in 1869, locating on a farm near Oswego, when he died September
17, 1889.

Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
IAGENWEB: Special History Project:
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