William Woodford was a Brigadier General in charge of the 1st Virginia Brigade while at the Moland House. He attended the War Council on August 21, 1777. Prior to Moland Woodford’s forces defeated a British attack on his headquarters at the Great Bridge, the first land battle of the Revolutionary War in the South on December 9, 1775.
Woodford distinguished himself and was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11 of that year when his men stopped advancing British troops. Later, Woodford commanded his brigade at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778 and marched to South Carolina to reinforce the army at Charleston. With the surrender of Charleston in May 1780, Woodford became a prisoner of war and died on November 13, 1780, aboard the British prison ship Packet off New York. Woodford County, Illinois, and Woodford County, Kentucky, were named for him, as was the town of Woodford in his native Caroline County, Virginia.