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Ralph Lee Woodward Jr.
Compatriot Woodward is a descendant of Patriot Lance W. Woodward (1752-1838) of Bedford County, Virginia, as well as of his father, Richard Woodward (1708-86), both members of the Virginia Militia. Lance served in the Cherokee Campaign, sometimes referred to as the "Rear Guard"of the Revolution. It was an expedition against Indians allied with the British in the Carolinas and southwest Virginia. Later, Lance fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (1781). Another ancestor, Samuel Patchin (1758-1844) served with the Albany, New York, Country Militia, 12th Regiment, in the Revolution His father, Jabez Patchin (1727-99) also fought in the Revolution in New York until the British captured him in 1780.
Compatriot Woodward is a retired Professor of History at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the author of many books and articles on Latin American history, most notably Central America: A Nation Divided (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 1999) and most recently A Short History of Guatemala (Ed. Laura Lee, 2008). Among his other works is A Tribute to Don Bernardo de Gálvez (Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979. Gálvez was the Spanish Governor of Louisiana during the American Revolution. Woodward joined the SAR in 2004, but after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home in south Mississippi he moved to Missouri and joined the M. Graham Clark Chapter in 2005. He now lives with his wife, the former Delores Bland, in Fayette, Missouri.
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