|Delegate Third Virginia Convention|
|Born||October 6, 1734|
Caroline County, Virginia Colony
|Died||November 13, 1780 (aged 46)|
New York City, Province of New York
|Allegiance||Great Britain, United States|
|Branch/service||Virginia Regiment (Virginia Colonial Militia), Continental Army|
|Years of service||1761–1780|
|Commands||2nd Virginia Regiment, Virginia State Forces|
|Battles/wars||French and Indian War
William Woodford was born in Caroline County, Virginia Colony, in the town, of present-day Woodford. His wife's grandmother, Mildred Washington Gregory, was George Washington's Aunt and Godmother. His father, Major William Woodford, was one of Governor Spotswood's Knights Of the Golden Horseshoe. His grandfather, Dr. William Cocke, served Virginia as the Secretary of the Colony and a member of the governor's Council under Governor Spotswood. Woodford's great uncle was Mark Catesby, the famous English naturalist.
French and Indian War
Woodford served in the French and Indian War, as an ensign, in Colonel George Washington's Virginia Regiment, and was promoted to lieutenant, in 1761. During that year, he served in the Cherokee Expedition, under William Byrd and Adam Stephen.
American Revolutionary War
As war with Great Britain loomed, William Woodford was a delegate to the Third Virginia Convention, and there was appointed colonel, in command of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, of the Virginia provisional forces. He drove the royal governor, Lord Dunmore, from the Norfolk peninsula, after the Battle of Great Bridge on December 9, 1775, the first significant battle of the Revolution on Virginia soil.
Later in December 1776, the 2d Virginia Regiment was ordered to join Washington's Main Army in New Jersey. It would become part of the Virginia Line of the Continental Army. William Woodford was promoted to brigadier general, in February 1777. Woodford was wounded later, that year, at the Battle of Brandywine, where he and his troops performed well. In 1778 he led his brigade at the Battle of Monmouth, where he took control, of Comb's Hill and with artillery, was able to pound the British left flank.
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