Pvt Samuel Peter Woodard


Pvt Samuel Peter Woodard

Craftsbury, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Death 15 Aug 1864 (aged 37–38)
Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
Burial Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, Georgia, USA
Plot E-5751
Memorial ID 18494529 View Source
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Residence Northfield VT;
Enlisted on 8/9/1862 and on 9/1/1862 was mustered into Battery H, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery
POW 6/23/1864 Weldon Railroad, VA.
Died of disease as POW.

Madalene Castleton wrote in March 1989 after her visit to the Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Ga. where Samuel Peter Woodard is buried.

"It is a very neat peaceful cemetery and very well cared for. Samuel Woodard is buried in the front row of section E between Sgt W M Spears of Pa. and Fred K Fish of N.Y. As the men died they were assigned a number (5751) in Samuel's case and this was recorded in the prison register and also attached to the body. They were buried, without coffins, in numerical order in trenches. Each grave was marked at the time by a wooden marker, later replaced by the white marble stones now there. Directly in front of his grave, on the street side is a photo showing the site as it was in 1865. The original markers can be read in the photo.
It was a very moving experience to go there and I'm glad that I went."

The official record by Dorence Atwater, keeper of the official hospital register gives the cause of S P Woodard's death as enteritis. The park card file has only an index card giving his name, company, rank and date of death.

Andersonville, Ga. Samuel P Woodward, Co. H, 11th Regiment. Page 441 says Residence - Northfield. Date of enlistment: August 9, 1862. Date of muster: September 1, 1862. Taken prisoner on June 23, 1864. Died at Andersonville, Ga. August 15, 1864. Engagements: Spottsylvania, Va. May 15 to May 18, 1864; Cold Harbour, Va. June 1 to June 12, 1864; Petersburg, Va. June 18, 1864; and Weldon Railroad, Va. June 23,1864. Nearly the whole regiment was captured by General Mahone.
--Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers 1861-1866 by Theodore Safford Peck, Adjutant General. Names and locations of Vermont Soldiers who died in defense of the Union, and whose remains are interred in National Cemeteries, p. 754.

Gravesite Details

Unit roster and son's gravestone indicate this gravestone engraved surname error.

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