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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Carle Augustus Woodruff

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Horse Battery M,
    2d U.S. Artillery
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 24, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Newbys Crossroads, Virginia, USA

While in command of a section of a battery constituting a portion of the rear guard of a division then retiring before the advance of a corps of Infantry, Woodruff was attacked by the enemy and ordered to abandon his guns. Lt. Woodruff disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.

Medal of Honor Recipient Carle A. Woodruff
Medal of Honor Recipient Carle A. Woodruff
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Washington, District of Columbia
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 1, 1893
  • Born: August 8, 1841, Buffalo, Erie County, NY, United States
  • Died: July 20, 1913, Raleigh, NC, United States
  • Buried: Oakwood Cemetery (MH) (Magnolia Hill Sec.), Raleigh, NC, United States

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