Tour Stop 11 - Lieutenant Eugene Augustus Woodruff
Lieutenant Eugene Augustus Woodruff, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was a hero of the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1873 in Shreveport. Woodruff was sent with his unit to remove the final vestige of the Great Raft logjam which plagued the Red River. During the summer of 1873 yellow fever broke out in Shreveport, and his unit was ordered out for safety. Woodruff remained to care for the stricken and died of the disease. He was born in Avon, Connecticut, on November 26, 1841, but was raised in Burlington, Iowa. He died in Shreveport on September 30, 1873.