Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Captain Alexander S. Woodburn.

The following information was taken from the third Pennsylvania Cavalry, Regimental History.

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Alexander S. Woodburn, Captain, Company H., Pennsylvania Third Cavalry, Residence Cumberland County, Enlisted August 17, 1861, Commission August 8, 1861, Mustered in August 17, 1861.

During the same month ( September )  it was ascertained that the enemy was removing from the farm of John A. Washington, a part of the Mount Vernon estate, a large quantity of forage, salt fish and other stores. Captain Woodburn, with Company H, accordingly was sent out to appropriate the property for the Government, and making a dash upon the party, secured ten wagons, loaded with forage and commissary stores, sufficient to supply all the needs of the company while it remained in camp at General Heintzelman's headquarters at Fort Lyon. 

May 4-5 1862.

Captain Woodburn's squadron (Companies H and B) taking the advance, and a squadron deploying as skirmishers on either flank, and drove the enemy toward Lee's Mill.

June 12, 1862.

Camp near Fair Oaks, Va. Weather clear. Company B returned at 4 p. m. from provost duty. Orderlies furnished. Posted by Sergeant Vandegrift, Company B. Sabre drill in afternoon. Company A on reconnoissance. Major Bement and Captain Woodburn on sick leave.

Sept. 24, 1862.

Camp near Sharpsburg. Weather cloudy and disagreeable. Rain at 11 a. m. Received order of resignation of Captain Woodburn, Company H, on account of ill health. He leaves regretted by all his brother officers.

August 29, 1862, Captain Alexander S. Woodburn resigned.

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