August 14, 1816 - October 20, 1855
August 14, 1816—October 20, 1855
Francis Woodbridge was born in Vermont and attended West Point, graduating in 1837. Appointed a Second Lieutenant, he was sent to Florida to participate in the Seminole War and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Following his service in Florida he went to Detroit and served as aide-de-camp to Gen. Brady, whose forces were monitoring the Canadian border at a time of increasing tension between the United States and Canada as a result of the Aroostook War.
At the outbreak of the U.S.-Mexico War Woodbridge was assigned to General Scott's command, and participated in many of the most famous engagements of the war, including the Siege of Vera Cruz, the Battle of Cerro Gordo, the Battles of Churubusco and Molina del Rey, the storming of Chapultepec, and the capture of Mexico City. All the while, Woodbridge was recognized for his actions, being breveted a captain following the battle of Churubusco, and a major for gallant and meritorious conduct at Molino del Rey. He ended the war with the regular rank of captain. Following his service in Mexico, Woodbridge was again sent to Florida to participate in hostilities against the Seminoles. He died at Barrancas Barracks, Florida, in 1855, at the age of thirty-nine.
For More Information:
Cullum, George W. Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, since its establishment in 1802, last print version 1891. Web. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/Places/America/United_States/Army/USMA/Cullums_Register/904*.html accessed Nov. 6, 2015.
Wilcox, Cadmus M., and Mary Rachel Wilcox. History of the Mexican War. Washington, D. C: Church News Pub. Co, 1892. Web.