Capt. T. E. Woods, editor Mattoon Journal, Mattoon; was born June 2, 1837, near the present village of Stockton, Coles Co., Ill.; his education was secured in subscription and common schools, and for a short time he attended an academy; he usually walked or rode from two to five miles each morning to attend school; at the age of 17, he began teaching school, and followed that occupation till he reached his majority; he was Deputy Postmaster at Mattoon during 1855 and 1856; he then edited and published the Mattoon Gazette from 1857 to 1860; during the year 1861, he edited the Charleston Courier; in the summer of 1862, he enlisted in Co. A, 123d I. Mounted Inf., was mustered in Co. F, and went to the field as Quartermaster Sergeant; he was made Sergeant Major at Maysville, Ala.; commissioned Captain Co. H, at Stevenson, Ala., early in 1864, and commanded it to the close of the war; since the war, he has conducted the Mattoon Journal, first as a weekly, next as a tri-weekly and at present as a daily. At present he resides in Washington, D. C., where he fills an appointment in the Post Office Department.
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