In Memory of William E. Woodward
"In Memory of William E. Woodward. . . .," 1861, Broadside, 1861 .I35 FF, Special Collections, Library of Virginia.
William E. Woodward enlisted in the West Augusta Guard and was killed at the Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. The first large land battle of the Civil War, the engagement at the Manassas railroad junction, in Prince William County, was a major victory for the Confederates. A printer, probably in Staunton, issued a broadside that included obituaries of Woodward and memorial resolutions of his local lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows. A cousin who was present at the battle requested of Woodward's parents, "Let 'liberty or death,' his last words, be inscribed upon his tomb."