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William E. Woodruff Jr. Civil War collection

William E. Woodruff Jr. Civil War Collection

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Finding aid for the William E. Woodruff, Jr. Civil War Collection

MSS.08.01

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Griffin, John
Title: William E. Woodruff Jr. Civil War Collection
Dates: 1845-1866
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a variety of documents related to the Civil War service of William E. Woodruff Jr., in the Pulaski Light Artillery and its succeeding artillery units.
Identification: MSS.08.01
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a variety of documents related to the Civil War service of William E. Woodruff Jr., in the Pulaski Light Artillery and its succeeding artillery units.


Biographical Note

William E. Woodruff Jr., was born at Little Rock, Arkansas, June 8, 1832, the son of William E. Woodruff Sr., the founder of the Arkansas Gazette, and his wife Jane. As a youth, he worked setting type in his father's printing office. After finishing his education, he read law and later worked as a clerk in his father's land agency. Having served as a captain in the state militia, he became a leader of the Pulaski Light Artillery, which fought at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861. He later commanded an artillery battalion under General Albert Pike and served at Camp McCulloch in the Cherokee Nation and at the Battle of Prairie Grove. Woodruff resigned from the military on June 8, 1863, because of damage to his hearing, but still served with an artillery battery in the defense of Little Rock in September 1863. After the fall of the city, he fled to Texas, where he worked in the commissary service until after the end of the war. In 1866, Woodruff and a partner bought the Arkansas Gazette, which ran for ten years. He later served as state treasurer for ten years. Woodruff died in 1907.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Blocher, William D., 1841-1879
Little Rock (Ark.)
Pike, Albert, 1809-1891
Prairie Grove, Battle of, Ark., 1862.
Pulaski Light Artillery. (Arkansas)
Weaver's Artillery. (Arkansas)
Wilson's Creek, Battle of, Mo., 1861.
Woodruff, William Edward, 1795-1885

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William E. Woodruff Jr. Civil War Collection, MSS 08-01, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Griffin, 2008


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