A blast from the past of the legendary Mehitable Woods

Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 11:38 PM CST
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Fairfield, Iowa (KYOU) - Mehitable Woods also known as Aunty Woods or Mother Woods, got her nickname for bringing much-needed goods to the men of Jefferson county during the Civil War.

“Originally it started as a wagon load of homemade peach jam and eggs from home because the boys said we miss all the things. They thought the civil war would only last a few months but then it lasted longer.”

Dick DeAngelis who is the producer and director of the Fairfield history series, says woods was a very powerful woman who was headstrong.

“when she was stopped by one of the senior sergeants saying you can’t go in there and bring these things, there’s a war going on and she goes well I don’t know who you think you are but those are my boys in there and he said ill let you go this time but next time I’m not letting you go.”

By the next time around Mehitable Woods received the rank of coronel from the governor of Iowa surpassing the rank of the sergeant. Woods then gathered the women of Fairfield and collected several wagons of goods for her men that included not only food but medical supplies as well.

Mehitable woods died at the age of 77 with about 3,000 people attending her funeral. She goes down in history as one of the great heroes of Fairfield.

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