First Lieutenant James Woolfolk

and First Sergeant E.T. Woolfolk

Ashland Light Artillery, Alexander’s-Huger’s Battalion, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia


January-March 1862: Reserve Artillery, Potomac District, Department of Northern Virginia

March-June 1862: Reserve Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia

June-July 1862:Richardson’s Battalion, Reserve Artillery,Army of Northern Virginia

September 1862 u y 1863: Lee’s-Alexander’s Battalion,Reserve Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

July-September1.863: Alexander’s Battalion, Artillery, 1st Corps

September-November 1863: Alexander’s Artillery  Battalion,Longstreet’s Corps,Army  of Tennessee

November 1863-April1864:Alexander’s Arti!Jery  Battalion, Department of  East Tennessee

April 1864-April1865: Atexander’s-Huger’s Battal on, Artillery, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia



Yorktown SiegeApril-May 1862
Seven Days BattlesJune 25 July 1, 1862
AntietamSeptember 17, 1862
FredericksburgDecember 13, 1862
ChancellorsvilleMay 1-4, 1863
GettysburgJuly 1-3, 1863
Chattanooga SiegeSeptember-November 1863
Knoxville SiegeNovember 1863
Campbell’s StationNovember 16, 1863
The WildernessMay 5-6, 1864
Spotsylvania Court HouseMay 8-21, 1864
North AnnaMay 23-26,  1864
Cold HarborJune 1-3, 1864
Petersburg SiegeJune 1864-April 1865
Appomattox Court HouseApril 9, 1865











First Lieutenant James Woolfolk was a member of the Ashland Light Artillery from the time of its inception . He commanded the Ashland Light Artillery at the time of the Battle of the Wilderness.   The engagement took place May 5, 1864.  His older brother, Captain Pichegru Woolfolk Jr., was absent from duty due to wounds received from 11-12-1863 until 9-12-64.  Part of that time he was a prisoner of war, having been captured near Bowling Green, Va. on 6-1-1864.  Lt. James Woolfolk commanded the company during the entire time that his brother was out wounded or captured.  He signed most of the paperwork during that time as “Acting Captain”, thus insuring that his brother would not be replaced.  James was not only a dedicated soldier, but a dedicated and loyal family member .

Brigadier General Edward Porter Alexander wrote of the Woolfolk boys in his memoirs:

 “Three of Mrs. Wwlfolk’s sons were in one of my batteries,  Capt, Pichegru Woolfolk was a fine, handsome, black-haired and eyed six footer, good natured and full of fun and joke but high-strung and fearless in face of any danger. James, somewhat small, with a queer old face, and a defect in his palate which gave him a remarkable sort of pirated voice and great quaintness to his dry humor, was first lieut.; and Ned, a younger and blond six footer, was a sergeant.  Still another brother, Clarence, was a lieut. of infantry in Jackson’s corps. . .”

 All four Woolfolk brothers are buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond VA.