About George Abisha Woodward
George Abisha Woodward was a jurist and a colonel in the United States Army, who was made a Brigadier General on the retired list in recognition of his military service between 1861 and 1879.
Woodward was born on February 14, 1835 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His father was U.S. Representative George Washington Woodward. He obtained a B.A. from Trinity College in 1855 and married Charlotte Treat Chittenden on February 14, 1867. Later he would be admitted to the bar and became City Attorney of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1858 to 1859. Woodward died on December 22, 1916 and is buried with Charlotte at Arlington National Cemetery.
Woodward was originally commissioned as a captain in the Union Army in 1861. Engagements he participated in include the Battle of Glendale and the Battle of Gettysburg. Following the war he would serve in the 14th Infantry Regiment and the 15th Infantry Regiment. He retired in 1879 as a colonel but was made a brigadier general on the retired list in 1904.
Awards he received include the Civil War Campaign Medal.