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Douglass Pike Stanfield Weaver Woodruff

Obituary of W. R. Douglass, Altus, Arkansas.

W. R. Douglass, who died at Altus, Ark., on August 25, 1919, was born in Carthage, Tenn., on March 26, 1839. His parents moved to Arkansas Post when he was eight years old. They died there, and he went to Little Rock at the age of thirteen years, and he worked as a newsboy and printer in the office of the Advocate, a Whig paper run by Albert Pike. When he was nineteen he quit the printing office and learned the tinner's trade, which occupation he followed until the War between the States came on in 1861, when he volunteered and joined the company known as Woodruff's Battery, commanded by Capt. W. E. Woodruff, Jr. In the battle of Oak Hill he was lead drive on No. 1 gun. In this battle Lieut. Omer Weaver was killed, and Comrade Douglass was elected to fill the vacancy and was commissioned senior first lieutenant, which place he filled until the end of the war.

[P. R. Stanfield, Adjutant Stonewall Jackson Camp, No. 865, U. C. V.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, October, 1920.

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