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Captain Micajah Woods (1911)

Captain Micajah Woods is descended, on both sides of his family, from Scotch-Irish ancestry. He was born at "Holkhain," Albemarle County, Virginia, May 17th, 1844. He is connected with the Lewises, Stuarts, Prestons, Craigs, Rodeses, and other well-known Virginia families. His early education was obtained at the Lewisburg Academy, the military school of Charlottesville, and at the Bloomfield Academy. In 1861 he entered the University of Virginia, and it was not long before he was a member of the Confederate Army. In May, 1863, he was elected and commissioned First Lieutenant in Jackson's Battery of Horse Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. He participated in the battles of Carnifax Ferry, Port Republic, Second Cold Harbor, New Market, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Gettysburg.

After the war, Mr. Woods returned to the University of Virginia, where he studied law, being graduated therefrom in 1868 with the degree of Bachelor of Law. He at once began the practice of his profession in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 1870 was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for that county, which position he has filled for nearly forty years without having had opposition for the nomination since 1873, and at the November, 1907, election he was chosen for said office for another term of four years, commencing January 1st, 1908. In 1872 he was made a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, a position which he held for four years, having been at the time of his appointment the youngest member of that Board ever elected.

In politics Mr. Woods is a Democrat. He has been Chairman of the Democratic Party of Albemarle County for several years, and as elector represented the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia. He was permanent Chairman of the Virginia Democratic State Convention which met in Staunton in 1896 to elect delegates to the National Convention. In 1881 he was elected Captain of "The Monticello Guard" at Charlottesville, and commanded that famous old company at the Yorktown Celebration in October, 1881. In 1893 he was made Brigadier General of the Second Brigade of Virginia Confederate Veterans.

Captain Woods was engaged in prosecuting the case of Commonwealth vs. J. S. McCue for wife murder in Charlottesville, and the Strothers-Bywaters case in Culpeper County, Virginia. At the meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association at the Virginia Hot Springs in 1908, he was unanimously elected President of the Association and served for the term of 1908-1909. At the annual meeting in 1909 he addressed the Association on the theme, "The Necessity for General Culture in the Training of the Lawyer."

Captain Woods is a Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine, and of the History Committee of the Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans of Virginia. Although many leading newspapers have mentioned him as a suitable candidate for Governor of the State, he has never allowed his name to be urged for the place.

From the Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Opening Number, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 1910


It is with deep regret that the BULLETIN chronicles the death of Captain Micajah Woods, of Charlottesville. He was appointed a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute on July 1st, 1910. A sketch of his life appeared in the BULLETIN of October, 1910 (Vol. III, No. 4). On account of ill health, he was able to attend but one meeting of the Board. At this session he evinced a deep interest in the college and its work. The Board, at its March meeting, passed appropriate resolutions concerning his death.

From the Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Commencement Number, Vol. 4, No. 3, January 1911, pg. 63