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Jefferson County: Fairfield
GPS Coordinates: 41.014983 by -91.960333
Memorial to Mrs. Mehitable Woods
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Mrs. Woods, best known as Auntie Woods, was a heroine of the Civil War who personally delivered needed items to soldiers from Jefferson County. This included food, bandages and clothing. She made 13 trips with cargos ranging from 10 to 37 tons. She possessed a pass signed by Secretary of War Stanton allowing her unlimited access to the troops. She was commissioned a Major by Gov. Kirkwood. After the War, she attended meetings of CW veterans and was beloved by all. At her death in 1891, over 300 veterans attended her funeral. The memorial is Barre granite and stands 11 feet high. It is located in lot 42 and is the largest stone in this part of the cemetery. This is in the Old Fairfield Cemetery in the NE part of town at B Street and Stone Street. Photo taken 11/26/08.