Daniel Woodall

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Daniel Woodall
Born (1841-06-01)June 1, 1841
Dover, Delaware
Died August 2, 1880(1880-08-02) (aged 39)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Buried Old Drawyers Presbyterian Churchyard, Odessa, Delaware
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Commands held 3rd Brigade—2nd Division—II Corps
1st Delaware Infantry Regiment
39th New York Infantry Regiment

American Civil War

Other work Internal Revenue Service assessor

Daniel Woodall was an American Union army officer during the period of the American Civil War. He served in the 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment, and fought in the Eastern Theater.

Daniel Woodall was born on June 1, 1841, in Dover, Delaware. Woodall worked as a civil engineer when the American Civil War erupted. Volunteering for the 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment, a volunteer unit mustered for 3 months of service in early 1861, he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Company H.[1] When the regiment's enlistment term ended in August it was rebuilt in Wilmington for a service time of 3 years. As the regimental officers were to be appointed again Woodall was named Captain of Company F on September 28, 1861.[2] The regiment was assigned to the II Corps of the Army of the Potomac; for service in the Eastern Theater. Leading his men into the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, Woodall was shot in the arm.[3] After the Battle of Fredericksburg Woodall was promoted to major on December 30, 1862.[2]

In the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, Woodall was wounded again, this time by an artillery shell hitting his left leg calf.[4] Being on convalescence leave until late July he missed the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 30, 1863 Woodall was detached from the regiment and temporarily took command of the 39th New York Infantry Regiment that was attached to the same brigade.[5] At the Battle of Bristoe Station Major Woodall, serving with his Delawarians again, led half of the regiment as brigade skirmishers and was praised by his brigade (and regiment) commander, Colonel Thomas Alfred Smyth.[6]

Woodall was promoted to lieutenant colonel on November 5, 1863, just in time to lead the regiment into the Mine Run Campaign.[2] On court martial duty in February 1864, he returned to fight in the Battle of the Wilderness and the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. He was shot through the foot during the later but was doing well enough to command his regiment during the Battle of Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg.

When Smyth was promoted to brigadier general it was Woodall's time to become colonel of the 1st Delaware, which he actually commanded for nearly a year already; and he was promoted on December 23, 1864.[2] Put in brigade command during parts of the Appomattox Campaign close to the war's end, he received a promotion to brevet brigadier general for gallant and meritorious service in the War on June 15, 1865; and was mustered out with his regiment on July 12.[2] At this time Woodall was one of the only four original officers from 1861 still serving with the regiment.[7]

After the war Woodall moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where he was appointed as district assessor for the Internal Revenue Service. When the office was abolished in 1872 he became a local farmer. In 1880, aged just 39, he unexpectedly died on his farm on August 2. Woodall was buried on Old Drawyers Presbyterian Churchyard at Odessa, Delaware.[8][2]


  1. ^ Murphey, pp. 14-15
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eicher, p. 580
  3. ^ The War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. 1-XIX-1, p. 337
  4. ^ The War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. 1-XXV-1, p. 383
  5. ^ Ervin L. Jordan, Jr. (1995). Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia. The University Press of Virginia. p. 188. 
  6. ^ The War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. 1-XXIX-1, pp. 293-295
  7. ^ Murphey, p. 28
  8. ^ The Times from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. August 10, 1880. p. 4.  Missing or empty |title= (help);

Sources & References[edit]

  • Murphey, Rev. Thomas G. (1866). Four years in the War - The History of the First Regiment of Delaware Veteran Volunteers (Infantry). Philadelphia, PA: James C. Claxton. 
  • Eicher, John H.; David J. Eicher (2001). Civil War High Commands. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. 
  • U.S. War Department; The War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.; Series I, Washington, D.C.; 1880-1898

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