2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry

Major John W. Woodfin

Major Woodfin, soon after this battle, was placed in command of a detachment to prevent Kirk's regiment from overrunning the western part of North Carolina. In a skirmish near Warm Springs, Major Woodfin was charging across a bridge spanning the French Broad when a bullet found its mark and he fell from his mount into the water mortally wounded. He never regained consciousness and his comrades brought his body to his home on what is now Baird street in Asheville. He sleeps in Riverside cemetery, which overlooks much of the fertile valley that he once owned.

Was large Landowner

Major Woodfin was born in 1818 in what is now Henderson county, but was then a part of Buncombe county. He and his brother, N.W. Woodfin, became large landowners and between them, owned about 100 slaves, old resident recall. The present Y.M.C.A. plant in Asheville was the home of N.W. Woodfin.

John Woodfin married Maria (Mira) McDowell, beautiful daughter of Col. Charles McDowell, of Burke county. He was admitted to the bar in 1845 and had a very large practice.

He was extremely handsome, dashing and brave. His magnetic personality radiated geniality and sunshine. He was always in a good humor and told a story well.

When the war broke out he enlisted for the duration of the struggle. He formed one of the first companies in Buncombe county.

Since he had no children of his own, he and his wife became devoted to a beautiful niece, Mira. She, after Major Woodfin's death, married a Holland and their descendants still reside in Western North Carolina.

(typed as it appeared in The Asheville Citizen-Times, the full article can be found at: http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/buncombe/newspapers/unusualw3nnw.txt)