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Helena Independent (Helena, MT)
Friday - 12 Apr 1878


Captain Woodruff - One of the Heroes of the Big Hole Fight

The Army and Navy Journal gives the following brief sketch of Lieut. Woodruff, who was severely wounded in the Big Hole battle, in the Nez Perce campaign: "Lieut. Charles A. Woodruff, 7th inf., who has been nominated to be Captain and Commissary of Subsistence," vice Col. Andrew K. Long. Served during the late war in the 10th Vermont volunteer infantry, Sixth Corps, under General Sedgwick, and was shot four times, for which he was discharged as a corporal for disability. He was pensioned for his wounds, but recovering from his disability voluntarily surrendered his pension. While at home in 1866 Hon. Justin S. Morrill, then a representative, ordered a competitive examination for the appointment to West Point, which was obtained by Mr. Woodruff, who entered the academy in 1867 and graduated in June, 1871. August 9, 1877, at General Gibbon's desperate battle with the Nez Perce at the Big Hole pass, Montana, Lieut. Woodruff acted as adjutant to General Gibbon, and was shot three times, so severely that he is still suffering from these wounds. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on the same day of the battle.


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