J. C. WOODSON/Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry

J. C. WOODSON





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John C. Woodson was only sixteen years of age when he first appeared on the muster rolls of the Danville Mounted Riflemen, in February 1862.

He was elected Third Corporal, quite an honor for a young person, and probably reflective of his leadership abilities.

John C. was the son of Dr. Creed T. Woodson and Mary Laurence Cook, and was the brother of William Henry Woodson. He was born in Houston County, Georgia, in about 1844 and was enumerated there as a five-year-old with his parents and seven brothers and sisters. He moved with his family to Montgomery County, Texas, shortly after 1850. Dr. Woodson, his father, died in 1857, and the family was enumerated in the 1860 census with Mary, the widow, as head of household.

John C. was unable to join Carter's Brigade with his brother William in May of 1862, because he was under eighteen, the minimum age. He probably stayed at home and helped his mother manage their large plantation.

In fact, there is no record of John C. serving in Texas units at any time during the war, although he would have become eighteen in 1863 and subject to the draft. He may have been exempted from service in order to manage the extensive Woodson Plantation. The Confederacy passed a conscription law in April, 1862, which included males from eighteen to forty-five, but excluded planters who owned twenty or more slaves. This law was much resented by the rank and file soldier.

At the time of the 1870 census, John was living at home with his mother and was listed as a farmer. His age was given as twenty-three. His sister, Lucy Bell, apparently a widow, was also living in the household.

John is listed on the membership rolls of San Jacinto Masonic Lodge 106.

By 1880, John C. was in Waxahachie, Ellis County, and was a saloon keeper living with a Boyd family. He was not married.

His death date and place are not known at this time.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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