Private James Woods was mustered into Confederate service on March 5th, 1862 when he was enlisted as a Private in Captain Smith’s Company (Key West Avengers), 7th Regiment Florida Infantry by Major R. B. Thomas at Tampa, Florida for a period of 3 years or the war.
He is present on all rolls until September 2nd, 1862 when he was left behind at Boston, Kentucky with Robert Watson and Augustus Archer (and a great many others, all being too ill and too weak to travel) and captured by Federals on September 2nd, 1862.
Being to ill to travel, they were immediately paroled. On October 16th, they received a 4-day pass from the Provost to visit Atlanta to attend to some matters.
He is documented in Watson’s Diary as being in Tampa on February 18th, 1863. He was discharged under Surgeons Certificate on February 25th, 1863 at Knoxville, Tennessee, due to the amputation of his right arm between the wrist and elbow.
The certificate is dated January 25th, 1863 at Fort Brooke, Florida by M. A. Lively, Acting Assistant Surgeon.