About George V. Moody
George V Moody
Home State: Louisiana
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Madison Light Artillery (LA)
Reportly hard to get along with, he was nonetheless a highly respected artillerist. Before Gettysburg (July 1863), due to a disagreement about precedence on the march, he challenged Capt Pechegru Woolfolk to a duel with rifles. The battle interrupted the planned duel, and it did not take place - apparently Moody and Woolfolk never again met face to face. Captain Woolfolk was reported wounded at Gettysburg.
Action at Gettysburg
ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
LONGSTREET'S CORPS ARTILLERY RESERVE
ALEXANDER'S BATTALION MOODY'S BATTERY
THE MADISON LIGHT ARTILLERY
Four 24 Pounder Howitzers
July 2. Arrived here and opened fire at 4 P. M. Following the infantry charge upon the Peach Orchard took position near there and with other batteries supported the infantry in its further advance. Aided in so harassing the retiring Union forces as to compel the temporary abandonment of several guns. Kept up a spirited fire until night fall and prevented pursuit of the Confederate advanced lines when they fell back shortly before dark.
July 3. In position at dawn in the artillery line on the ridge running north from the Peach Orchard and on duty there all day. Took part in the cannonade preceding Longstreet's assault and retired from the front after night.
July 4. Remained near here until 4 P. M. and then withdrew to Marsh Creek on the Fairfield Road.
Losses heavy but not reported in detail.
Moody was ill on the Knoxville campaign and was left behind when the army retreated. He was captured, exchanged, captured again, and was POW at Camp Chase near Chicago.
After the War:
He traveled with Jefferson Davis after the fall of Richmond, and practiced law after the War. He was murdered near Port Gibson by a man he had reportedly insulted at the courthouse that day; shot at his office with 18 buckshot entering his neck and head.
Birth State: VT
Death Place: Port Gibson, MS