CDR Edwin Tully Woodward


CDR Edwin Tully Woodward

Castleton, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death 22 Feb 1894 (aged 50)
New York, USA
Burial Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Plot C - 093 (Old)
Memorial ID 21932247 View Source

Husband of Mary H. Woodward.

Edwin T. Woodward was the son of Edwin C. and Charlotte (Barney) Woodward. He began attending the Naval Academy in 1859, but like many others, his Academy career was cut short by the Civil War.

He served on the sloop Mississippi, the garrison ship Island and the gunboat Sciota in the Mississippi Flotilla and the Gulf Blockading Squadrons. While on Sciota off New Orleans, in April 1862, he was commended by Fleet Captain Henry H. Bell, for "gallantly working the rifle on the topgallant forecastle." He then served on the sloop Cyane, in the Pacific Squadron in 1863, and participated in the capture of the rebel Privateer J. L. Chapman, on 15 March in San Francisco harbor. Promoted Lieutenant in February 1864, he was assigned to the steam frigate Minnesota of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. In the assault on Fort Fisher on 14 January 1865, Lt. Woodward commanded a company of 49 men from the Minnesota. His conduct was represented as having been "highly commendable" by Commodore Joseph Lanman.

Immediately after the War, Woodward served on the screw sloop Kearsarge, the famed Civil War vessel. Promoted Commander in 1878, he soon afterward got his first ship command, the gunboat Yantic. It was the first of several ships he captained in the peacetime Navy. He was placed on the retired list on 3 July 1893.

Woodward married Mary Elizabeth Hawley, daughter of the Rev. Bostwick and Elizabeth (Webber) Hawley, on 9 August 1866. According to the 1910 census, Mary had four children, none of whom were still living at that time.

He was a member of the Vermont Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), the first post-Civil War veterans' organization.


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