Civil War Soldier
Birth: 1835 or 1836, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: January 23, 1863, LaGrange, Tennessee
Burial: Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Military Service: Enlisted as a private, August 1, 1861, mustered September 2, 1861, 2nd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry. Promoted Eighth Corporal, October 1, 1861; Seventh Corporal, December 1, 1861; Sixth Corporal, March 13, 1862; Fifth Corporal, May 17, 1862; Fourth Corporal, June 25, 1862; Third Corporal, July 10, 1862; Second Corporal, October 1, 1862; First Corporal, October 15, 1862.
Albert W. Woodford was the son of Amon (1809-1886) and Nancy Nelson (1805-?) Woodford. His grandparents were Isaac and Statira Cowles Woodford. Like many other Vienna residents, Woodford joined other Americans in the quest of opportunity before the Civil War, moving westward in the 1850s. When Woodford enlisted in Iowa's 2nd Cavalry, he was living in Clay, Washington County, Iowa, with his older brother Nelson A. Woodford, his wife Janet, and their children Gilbert and Howard. The twenty-three-year-old Albert was listed as a laborer on his brother's farm in the 1860 Federal Census.
Albert W. Woodford died of disease. Woodford's remains were originally interred at LaGrange, Tennessee, and later removed to the Memphis National Cemetery, Section A, Site 1702. The notice of his death (reproduced at left) appeared in the Western Reserve Chronicle on February 25, 1863.
Regimental History, 2nd Iowa Cavalry
Organized at Davenport August and September, 1861. Left State for
Benton Barracks, Mo., December 7, 1861, and duty there till February,
1862. Attached to Dept. of Missouri December, 1861, to March, 1862.
Unassigned, Army of the Mississippi, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade,
Cavalry Division, Army of Mississippi, to June, 1862. Cavalry, 5th
Division, Army of Mississippi, to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry
Division, Army of Mississippi, to November, 1862. Grierson's Cavalry
Brigade, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to
December, 1862. 1st Brigade, Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, Dept.
of Tennessee, to March, 1863. (District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Corps,
January to March, 1863- 6 Companies.) 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry
Division, 16th Corps, to May, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division,
16th Corps, to August, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th
Corps, to December, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th
Corps, to July, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, District of
West Tennessee, to November, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, Wilson's
Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to June, 1865. Dept. of
Mississippi to September, 1865.
Service: Moved to
Bird's Point, Mo., February 17, 1862. Expedition against Thompson's
forces February 25-29. Moved to New Madrid, Mo., March 4. Actions at
New Madrid March 13-14. Operations against Island No. 10
March 16-April 8. Expedition to Fort Pillow, Tenn., April 12-17.
Moved to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., April 17-22. Action at Birmingham
April 24. Monterey April 28-29. Advance on and siege of Corinth,
Miss., April 29-May 30. Reconnoissance to Memphis & Charleston
Railroad April 30. Glendale May 8. Farmington May 9. Near Farmington
May 12. Reconnoissance to Memphis & Charleston Railroad May 13-15.
Expedition to Booneville May 28-30. Booneville May 29. Occupation of
Corinth and pursuit to Booneville May 30-June 12. Tuscumbia Creek May
31-June 1. Blackland June 4. Reconnoissance toward Baldwyn June 6.
Reconnoissance to Guntown, Baldwyn, etc., June 9-10. Booneville July 1.
Brown Springs July 21. At Rienzi till September. Rienzi August 26.
Payton's Mills September 19. Iuka September 19-20. Battle of Corinth,
Miss., October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Capture of Ripley
and Orizaba November 2. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November,
1862, to January, 1863. Warsham's Creek November 6, 1862. LaGrange
November 8-9. Coldwater November 8. Hudsonville November 9.
Reconnoissance to Holly Springs November 12-14. Holly Springs November
13-14. Expedition to Ripley November 19-20. Ripley November 20.
Waterford or Lumpkin's Mill November 29-30. Tallahatchie River
November 30. About Oxford December 1-3. Yocana River and Spring Dale
Bridge December 3. Water Valley December 4. Coffeeville December 5.
Expedition against Mobile & Ohio Railroad December 14-19. Ripley
December 23-25. Prairie Station February 21, 1863. Davis Mills March
14 (Detachment). Expedition to Mt. Pleasant, Miss., April 5-7.
Grierson's Raid from LaGrange to Baton Rouge, La., April 17-May 2
(Detachment). Pontototoc, Miss., April 19. Palo Alto and Okolona April
21-22. Birmingham, Miss., April 24 (Detachment). Scout from LaGrange
into Northern Mississippi April 29-May 5. Expedition from LaGrange to
Panola, Miss., May 11-15. Walnut Hill and Pigeon Roost May 15.
Tuskahoma May 15. Expedition from LaGrange to Senatobia, Miss., May
21-26. Senatobia May 23. Hernando May 28. Operations in West
Mississippi June 15-22. Near Holly Springs June 16-17. Coldwater
Bridge June 18 (Detachment). Matthews Ferry, Coldwater River, June 20
(Detachment). Jackson July 13. LaGrange July 16. Expedition from
Memphis to Grenada, Miss., August 14-23. Grenada August 14. Expedition
from Memphis to Hernando, Miss., October 10-11 (4 Cos.). Operations on
Memphis & Charleston Railroad November 3-5. Colliersville, Tenn.,
and Coldwater, Miss., November 3. Moscow November 5. Operations on
Memphis & Charleston Railroad against Lee's attack November
28-December 10. Salisbury December 3. Wolf Bridge, near Moscow,
December 3-4. Pursuit of Forrest December 22-30. Colliersville, Tenn.,
December 27-28. At Memphis till February 5, 1864. Smith's Raid from
Colliersville to Okolona, Miss., February 11-26. Wall Hill February 12.
West Point, Miss., February 20-21. Okolona
February 21. Ellis Bridge February 21. Ivy's Hill, near Okolona,
February 22. Veterans on furlough April-May. Smith's Expedition to
Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Near Ripley July 7. Camargo's Cross Roads,
near Harrisburg, July 13. Tupelo
July 14-15. Old Town Creek July 15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford,
Miss., August 1-30. Tallahatchie River August 7-9. Hurricane Creek and
Oxford August 9. Hurricane Creek August 13-14 and 19. Oxford August
19. Operations in Tennessee and Alabama against Hood, and Nashville
Campaign October to January, 1865. Eastport, Miss., October 10, 1864
(Detachment). Near Hernando October 11 (Detachment). Expedition from
Memphis to Moscow November 9-13. Shoal Creek November 11. On line of
Shoal Creek November 16-20. Butler Creek November 22. Campbellsville
and Lynnville November 24. In front of Columbia November 24-27.
Lawrenceburg November 27. Mt. Carmel November 29. Battles of Franklin November 30; Nashville
December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood December 17-29. West Harpeth River
December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek and Curtis
Creek December 19. Lawrenceburg December 22. Lynnville and Richland
Creek December 24. Richland Creek December 25. King's Gap, near
Pulaski, December 25. Egypt Station, Miss., December 28 (Co. "E").
Tuscumbia February 20, 1865. Duty at Huntsville and Florence, Ala.,
Eastport, Miss., and Gravelly Springs, Ala., till June, 1865.
Expedition to Russellsville, Ala., February 19-23, 1865, and in the
Dept. of Mississippi till September. Mustered out September 19, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 59 Enlisted men killed and
mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 207 Enlisted men by disease. Total
 Iowa Adjutant General's Office, Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion: 1st-9th, 1910.