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Col Thomas Childs Woodbury

Col Thomas Childs Woodbury

Henderson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 26 Sep 1911 (aged 60)
La Jolla, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Chapel Hill, Lot 506.
Memorial ID 39824345 · View Source
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USMA Class of 1872. Cullum No. 2436.

He was the grandson of Thomas Childs, USMA Class of 1814. His father, Daniel Phineas Woodbury, was a member of the USMA Class of 1836. On October 23, 1895 as Thomas Childs Woodbury, he married Ellen Barker at St. Mary´s Protestant Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Forty-Third Annual Reunion Of The Association of the Graduates Of The United States Military Academy At West Point, New York, June 11th, 1912, Seeman & Peters Inc., Saginaw, Michigan.
Thomas C. Woodbury
No. 2436. Class of 1872.
Died, September 26, 1911, at La Jolla, California, aged 61.
Colonel Thomas C. Woodbury, United States Army, was born in the State of Kentucky, in the year 1850 and died at La Jolla on the 26th of September 1911, of paralysis contracted in line of duty.

Colonel Woodbury came from a family of soldiers; his father was General T.B. Woodbury and his maternal grandfather, General Thomas Childs, both graduates of West Point. The writer, who roomed with him at West Point for two consecutive years, had every means of knowing his true character. He was modest, more than usually so, straight-forward and one of the most truly lovable characters with whom it was ever the experience of the writer to come in contact; a soldier, a true Christian gentleman, never self-seeking, but a power for good to all who knew him and refined in every instinct.

Colonel Woodbury graduated from West Point, June 14, 1872. He was Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant and Captain in the 16th Infantry, during which time he served in the South and West. He became Major of the 19th Infantry on the 8th of July 1899; Lieutenant-Colonel of the 29th Infantry on the 20th of July 1902, during which time he served also in the 17th, 7th and 13th Infantry. He was promoted to Colonel of the 3rd Infantry on the 29th of March 1904.

While Field Officer he served in the Philippines and this service was of a very arduous nature. In the performance of his duty as Colonel of the 3rd Infantry he served a two years' tour in Alaska.

The death of Colonel Woodbury was a shock to all of his friends in the Army and his classmates. Just before he died he had been ordered on the General Staff in part recognition of his efficiency and general worth, but his stroke of paralysis deprived him of this opportunity.

While Captain in the 16th Infantry, Colonel Woodbury served all through the Santiago Campaign and was wounded at San Juan on the 1st of July 1898, during the early part of the engagement. Those officers who served in the same regiment, speak very highly of his service during the whole of this campaign and had his wound not occurred early in the engagement and rendered him for the time being hors du combat, he would have been brought more into the public notice. In the discharge of his duty in the 16th Infantry he endeared himself to both, officers and men and those of them who have spoken to the writer about Colonel Woodbury's service with that regiment, have expressed the deepest devotion and admiration.

One who was near and dear to Colonel Woodbury says, His service was never spectacular; it was work well done and his ability and efficiency as a commander were recognized by all who knew him. One great element in his success was his absolute justice and fairness.

In closing, the writer cannot refrain from an expression of his surprise that Colonel Woodbury's services were not recognized by promotion to General Officer.

The Washington Post October 2, 1911
Col. T.C. Woodbury's Funeral
The body of the late Colonel Thomas C. Woodbury, United States Army, who died at Middlesboro, Kentucky, September 26, will arrive in this city tomorrow afternoon. Funeral services will be held at St. John's Church, Wednesday, October 4 at 10AM with military honors. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.




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