Of the 620,000 soldiers killed during the Civil War, Lt. Albert Woodbury of St. Francis carries this distinction: His body is believed to have traveled farther from the battlefield than any of the casualties.
A Confederate sharpshooter’s musket ball struck Woodbury, 27, just above the left elbow on Sept. 29, 1863, at Chickamauga, Ga. — the second-deadliest battle after Gettysburg.
He died a month later, and his body was shipped back to Minnesota for a Masonic ceremony before being sent to Charlton, Mass., where he was buried 150 years ago next to his father.
The Governor’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and the Anoka County Historical Society will honor Woodbury and three dozen other Anoka County members of the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Woodbury Park, 3646 Bridge Street in St. Francis. Re-enactors will perform a cannon salute after a historical talk.