Pulaski Light Artillery.
Woodruff’s Arkansas Battery.
These were copied from microfilm copies of the original newspapers. Contributed by Bryan R. Howerton
PULASKI ARTILLERY.—The young men of this city favorably disposed toward a Military organization which may do the “State some service,” have formed under the title of the “Pulaski Artillery,” and have elected Rob’t C. Newton, Captain; Wm. E. Woodruff, Jr., 1st Lieut.; L. B. Brown, 2d Lieut. and Wm. H. Causin, 3d Lieut. The organization is most perfect, and the officers, from our knowledge of the skill and capacity which they bring to the positions they occupy, cannot fail to render the “Artillery,” in the shortest possible time, an honor to the city and the State, and reflect credit upon those who aided in its inception, and those whose labors have done so much toward placing in our midst a Military Company of so useful a character, and one too which promises to be so efficient. They meet to-night at their Armory over the Market House, when business of importance will be brought before the Company.—Arkansas State Gazette, Little Rock, Saturday, December 22, 1860.
ATTENTION ARTILLERY.—We have been requested to announce that Capt. Woodruff’s Company of Artillery will have regular company drills every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon at 3½ o’clock. It is important to the instruction of the company that all of the members attend drills regularly and promptly, that they may be speedily prepared for active service. To this end, it is desirable that merchants, head mechanics, and others having young men in their employ, belonging to military companies, should grant them leave of absence on the days designated for drills. Business is not so brisk as to require the whole of their time, and it is important that every man in the land who is capable of doing a soldier’s duty, should be instructed properly, and hold himself in readiness to respond to the call of his country, and render all of a soldier’s services in her cause. It is desirable that this Artillery company, and all other volunteer companies, should have their ranks filled up to the full quota of men, who will be ready to take the field and do active duty, whenever called into service.—Arkansas State Gazette, Little Rock, Saturday, May 11, 1861.
DEPARTURE OF TROOPS.—The Pulaski Artillery, commanded by Capt. Wm. E. Woodruff, Jr., left on the Tahlequah for their Western destination on Thursday evening last. They are as fine a company as our army can boast, and well officered by Capt. Woodruff, and Lieuts. Weaver, Brown, and Finley.—Arkansas State Gazette, Little Rock, Saturday, May 25, 1861.
PULASKI ARTILLERY.—On Thursday evening last, the Pulaski Artillery, commanded by Capt. Wm. E. Woodruff, Jr., left on the Tahlequah for their destination on the western frontier. We understand they will be posted at Fort Wayne in Benton county, which is very near the State line. This company is composed of the best material of Little Rock and vicinity. On their departure they were presented with a beautiful banner by Miss Juliet Langtree, in behalf of herself and other young ladies, which was received by Lieut. James W. Finley of the company. On presenting the banner, Miss Langtree said: “You are about to leave your firesides, your friends and your homes, to do battle in your country’s cause. The peril of war is upon us, and you are about to meet it. The highest attribute of man is courage to defend the right. Your cause is right—it is just; and may the ‘God of battles’ be with you. You see that on this flag the ‘stars and stripes’ are less than on the old one, yet it is the flag now waving over our southern homes—emblematic of southern rights and defended by southern chivalry. Will you surrender it? Will you not rather die under its folds? Remember also, that while you are gone, you will not be forgotten. Many a mother’s and many a sister’s heart will yearn after you while you are toiling in the arduous campaign. In the heat of day or the darkness of night, those you leave behind you will drop a tear for the soldier, and offer up a prayer for his safety. Take then this flag and let your determination be like that of the Spartan mother’s advice when she presented her son with his shield: ‘Come home with it or come home on it’.”—Arkansas True Democrat, Little Rock, Thursday, May 30, 1861.
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