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Woodbury, Urban Andrain


Age: 23, credited to Elmore, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, 11th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 5/25/61, m/i 6/20/61, 1SGT, Co. H, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Bull Run, 7/21/61, pow, Bull Run, 7/21/61, prld 10/5/61, disch/wds 10/18/61; comn CPT, Co. D, 11th VT INF, 11/17/62 (11/17/62), tr to VRC 6/17/63, resgd 3/27/65

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Birth: 07/11/1838, Acworth, NH
Death: 04/15/1915

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 13106518


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/7/1861, VT; widow Paulina L., 5/13/1915, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: UVM 59 (Med)
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Woodbury, Urban Andrain, of Burlington, son of Albert M. and Lucy L. (Wadleigh) Woodbury, was born in Acworth, N. H., July 11, 1838. His father was a native of Cavendish, and returned to Vermont, after a temporary residence in New Hampshire, when Urban was two years old. The latter was educated in the common schools of Morristown and the People's Academy in Morrisville, and was graduated from the medical department of the University of Vermont in 1859.

The subject of this sketch was one of the first to enlist in the service of his country at the breaking out of the civil war. He became a member of Co. H, 2d Regt. Vt. Vols., May 25, 1861; was immediately advanced to the grade of sergeant, taken prisoner two months after his enlistment, at the battle of Bull Run, in which engagement he had the misfortune to lose his right arm; was paroled Oct. 5, 1861, and discharged from service on account of wounds Oct. 18, 1861. Undaunted by his trying experience, he again sought to defend his country's flag, and Nov. 17, 1862, he was commissioned captain of Co. D, 11th Regt. Vt. Vols. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps June 17, 1863. In March, 1865, after faithfully discharging the duties of his position, he resigned.

Captain Woodbury was married, Feb. 12, 1860, to Paulina L., second daughter of Ira and Sarah Darling of Elmore. By her he has six children: Charles Lincoln, Minnie Stannard, Gertrude Frances, Edward Philo, Lila Darling, and Mildred Dorothy.

After his return from the war he settled in Burlington, and became general manager of the lumber business of J. R. Booth. His skill as a financier and his power of application have made this concern a great success. He has also engaged in real estate operations, and for twelve years has been the owner of the Van Ness House property.

Mr. Woodbury is a Republican in his political views. He was elected alderman from the second ward in Burlington in 1881 and '82, and the latter year was made president of the board. In 1885 and '86 he was chosen mayor of the city, and in 1888 he was made Lieutenant-Governor of the state, serving under the administration of Governor William P. Dillingham. In every position, both public and private, he has made a most honorable record, and one that justly entitles him to the confidence and respect of all his fellow-citizens to whom he has proved by his past career that he is worthy of all honors they can bestow.

Lieutenant-Governor Woodbury is a member of the Masonic fraternity in which he has taken the obligations of the 32d degree and of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the IOOF, and the G.A.R., the United States Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Knights of Pythias.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 438.



Washington, D.C., July 11, '61

DEAR EDITOR, --- I presume that some of your readers may take an interest in the movements of the 2d Vermont regiment. We had orders Tuesday to leave Camp Fairbanks (Washington), and we packed our knapsacks and struck our tents and formed in line, ready to march; but before we started, the order for marching was countermanded and we pitched tents again and stayed until Wednesday morning, when we again had marching orders, and then we started in earnest, and marched to the Potomac, and embarked for Alexandria. It was an awful hot day, and we suffered very much. Several were so much affected by the heat they left the ranks and dropped senseless upon the sidewalk.We disembarked in Alexandria and marched about one-half miles in its streets, halted, formed a line and staked arms-- We stopped about an hour and gave some of us an opportunity to visit the home in which Col. Ellsworth was mudered. The house as well as the city is in the hands of the Federal troops. The house has been considerably demolished since Ellsworth's assassination. Many could not visit the stairs upon which Ellsworth was killed, but I was lucky enough to be one of the number. Enclosed you will find pieces from the floor upon which Ellsworth and his assassin Jackson fell when they were shot. The larger piece is from the floor where Ellsworth fell, the smaller one from the floor where Jackson fell. We proceded to the railroad after we had rested and embarked on the cars and proceded to a place about four miles from Alexandria and eight miles from Fairfax, called Bush Hill, (2 miles from Cloud Mills). We pitched our tents during a drenching thunder shower, which wet us to the skin, and then bunked in after posting our guards., supperless.. But that is one of the hard features in a soldiers life. There are two companies of Farnham Zouaves near us. We are the fartherest advanced of any regiment towards the rebels. Two Maine regiments came in and joined us today---They are hearty boys and will do good service. We probably shall advance toward Fairfax Court House in a few days; two of our companies have just started to take possession of a bridge about two miles toward Fairfax. Major Joyce took command. Company A and B went. Our boys will see some hard service, I guess----They are aching for a muss. The Colonel told me this morning we would not stop long here, and that all the extra baggage would be sent back, tents and all, so you see, we are preparing for a brush. We are excellently provided with surgeons, all of our boys like them very much. We have quite a number sick.



Submitted by Deanna French.


JULY 20TH, 1861

DEAR EDITOR: --- Since last I wrote, we have moved our quarters from Brush Hill some 25 miles. We have encamped about four miles from Centerville, in Fairfax County, Va. We left our encampment about 2 o'clock last Tuesday, and marched until 12 0'clock, through forests, over bogs, and through creeks, until we were nearly jagged out; then we encamped on an eminence, where we had plenty of cobble-stones under us, to keep us frum sleeping too soundly. We started early the next morning , and marched within a few miles of Fairfax, where we expected to have a brush, but we were about two hours behind times, for the rebels had left in double-quick time, and left many articles of value behind them, among which were several barrels of flour, sugar, corn, &C. We remained near Fairfax until 5 o'clock P.M. Thursday, when we started for our present encampment. We made a forced march, as it was expected that we should have to assist in the attack on Manassas Junction that night; but we did not, and are now waiting for reinforcements to assist us in the attack. Gen. Patterson will advance from the west, and our division from the north, and another division from another direction. We probably shall have a force of 75, 000 men tonight. Beauregard is commanding at the Junction, and Gen. McDowell is commanding our army in person. Gen. Scott will be here, it is said. We probably shall make an attack tomorrow morning. We are all willing to fight, and expect to. Probably many of us will not return to the Green Mountains State; but we are willing not to, if we can't but free our land from this unnatural war. Probably you have heard of the rash attack upon a battery near Bull's run, by one brigade of N.Y. and Mass. Troops. It was a brave but disastrous affair. The enemy were about 15, 000 strong. About 13 were killed and 17 wounded. Report says many more were killed and wounded. Perhaps there was; but we have more reports than one man can hear, unless he gives his undivided attention to them.

I think there is no such thing as fail, in our attack.

We have no tents now, and consequently have to sleep out of doors. It agrees with us first rate, and I never want to sleep in a tent again, unless it rains, and then I can stand it. All of the boys who came from your vicinity are well and hearty. We all of us would like to see the Lamoille County people, and visit with them. I wish you would send your paper to me regularly, as it is a great comfort to the boys to get their news from our county. Direct to Washington, 2d Regt. Vt., V.M., Co. H.

Yours Truly

U. A. Woodbury

P.S. Next time I will write more of the particulars of our campaign. I could write enough to fill your paper, of one day's occurrences.

Submitted by Deanna French.


Bennington Banner, April 17, 1915


Prominently Identified With Business
Interests of Burlington.

Ex-Gov. Urban A. Woodbury, who died at his home in Burlington Thursday night was one of the prominent men in the business world of that city. He was born in Acworth, N. H. , July 11, 1838, the son of Albert M. and Lucy J. (Wadleigh) Woodbury, and came to Vermont with his parents when two years old. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and in the People's Academy at Morristown and graduated from the medical department of the University of Vermont in 1859. His career as a doctor, however, was turned aside when he enlisted in the Civil war.

He was married in 1860, to Miss Paulina L. Darling of Elmore, who survives him. He also leaves six children, Charles L. Woodbury and Edward P. Woodbury of Burlington, Mrs. J. Walter May of Boston, Mrs. George M. Powers of Morrisville, Mrs. Walter C. Lane of Winnipeg and Mrs. Guy M. Page of Burlington.

For 19 years Mr. Woodbury was manager of the Booth Lumber company of Burlington and for 35 years was owner and proprietor of the Van Ness house in this city, which he sold two months ago. At the time of his death he was president and principal stockholder of the Mead Manufacturing company and the Crystal Confectionery company, and president of the Queen City Cotton company, all Burlington enterprises.

On May 15, 1861, he enlisted in the 2nd Vermont regiment and lost his right arm in the First Battle of Bull Run. In connection with Mr. Woodbury's wound Col. Benedict, in his "Vermont in the Civil War," says: this was the first sleeve emptied by a rebel shot among the Vermont troops." Mr. Woodbury was taken prisoner and confined in Richmond, Va., being paroled in October, 1861. He served as captain of Company D, 11th Vermont, captain of 13th Veteran Reserve Corps and from 1884 to 1886 served as colonel on the staff of Gov. Barstow.

In politics Mr. Woodbury was always a republican, having served as Alderman of Burlington in 1882 and 1883 and as mayor of that city in 1885 and 1886. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1888 and was governor of Vermont from 1894 to 1896. In September, 1898, he was appointed by President McKinley a member of the commission to investigate the conduct of the war department in the war with Spain.

Gov. Woodbury was a member of the First Congregational church of Burlington, of the various Masonic, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias bodies of this city. He was past department commander of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the Vermont G.A.R..


Bennington Banner, April 20, 1915

Last Honors Paid

Funeral of the Late Governor, Woodbury Held Sunday.

Burlington, April 19 - Impressive funeral services for ex-governor Urban A, Woodbury were held yesterday afternoon at the First Church, which was filled by a large gathering. There were many very beautiful floral offerings.

Preceding the church service, a short service for the immediate relatives was held at the residence, 416 Pearl street. The Rev. W. E. Baker of Morrisville read a passage from Scripture and also "Lead, Kindly Light," the governor's favorite hymn followed by a prayer by Rev. C. C. Adams.

The body was taken to the church at 2:30 o'clock where it lay in state guarded by four members of Company M, who stood at the four corners of the casket. The casket was of solid mahogany and draped with the flag of the Loyal Legion. A large cross of Easter lilies, the offering of the children, and a wreath of galax leaves, the offering of the grandchildren, rested on the casket.

The honorary bearers were United States Senators, W. P. Dillingham and C. S. Page, Congressman Frank L. Greene, Governor Charles W. Gates, ex-Governor S. E. Pingree and George H. Prouty, Mayor A. S. Drew, who was on the board of aldermen with Governor Woodbury, George P. Martin, State commander of the G.A.R., R. A. Cooke, treasurer of the Queen City Cotton company, of which Governor Woodbury was president, John J. Flynn, Col. E. J. Booth, Col. Heman W. Allen, Dr. W. S. Vincent, the Hon. C. P. Smith, President Guy Potter Benton of the University of Vermont, Gen. Crosby P. Miller, State commander of the Vermont Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, Dr. J. M. Clarke, and M. J. Barnes. The body bearers were six members of the police force, Thomas Collins, James McGowan, Oliver Valyou, Levi Vincent, Bart O'Brien and Frank Colt.

Among those present from away, in addition to those already mentioned were: C. J. Booth, son of J. R. Booth of Ottawa, with whom ex-Governor Woodbury was connected in the lumber business for over 20 years, ex-Lieut. Gov. C. H. Stearns of Johnson, L. H. Lewis of Morrisville, Roger W. Hurlburd of Hyde Park, A. J. Boynton of Rutland, manager of the Berwick, F. G. Royce of Saint Albans, for nine years salesman for the Mead Manufacturing company and many others.

Many telegrams of sympathy and condolence have been received by Mrs. Woodbury, including messages from ex-Governors E. C. Smith, E. J. Ormsbee, A. M. Fletcher, W. W. Stickney, J. A. Mead, Josiah Grout, J. W. Stewart, and J. G. McCullough, Col. John J. Warden of Boston and Col. Myron M. Parker of Washington D. C. both of whom were on Governor Woodbury's personal staff, and many others. A message was received from Governor Woodbury's personal friend, John D. Rockefeller, which read as follows: "I learned with sorrow of the death of Governor Woodbury. Please be assured of my sympathy for you in this bereavement. He will be greatly missed by a multitude of friends who place the highest estimate of value upon his services to the State and the country."

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

Portrait courtesy of the Vermont State House Collection