Col. Thomas Woodward
COL. THOMAS WOODWARD
Col. Thomas Woodward was a native of New England, probably born in Vermont.
He was small of stature and wore his hair in flowing locks that came down
on his shoulders. A long moustache and a stubby beard covered the lower
part of his face. He was a graduate of West Point and highly educated.
Leaving the army he came to Kentucky in 1848 and taught school for ten
or twelve years at various points in Christian County. He was teaching
at the Brick Church, on the Princeton road, when the war came on and was
one of the first volunteers to tender his services to the Confederacey.
In 1862, according to Perrin's History, he made a dash into Clarksville
and with 200 men, surrounded the college where Col. Mason was encamped
with a superior force of Federals. He trained upon it a mock battery of
logs mounted on wheels, and demanded Mason's surrender. The ruse worked
and Col. Mason surrendered without a fight. When he was brought into Col.
Woodward's presence and saw the little man with his long unkempt auburn
hair, his drooping moustache and his face as dark as a Spaniard's and his
boots coming up to his knees, he laughingly challenged Woodward to go across
the street and sit for a picture, saying:
"I want to send it North to show my friends what
an insignificant little cuss I surrendered to."
Col. Woodward had the picture taken and presented it to Col. Mason.
The picture used herewith was copied from an old daguerreotype, said to
be a duplicate of the one referred to.
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