Served as a Corporal with the 2nd Delaware Infantry, Company I during the Civil War.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, when all the officers of his regiment, the Second Delaware, were disabled or killed he acted as colonel of the regiment.
This memorial is a "Cenotaph" in his honor! He is interred in the Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester, Pennsylvania.
" Click Here " for his burial record there.
( Below articles submitted by: Tedd Cocker )
(The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 22 Aug 1894 (Wednesday), Page 2)
Colonel Thomas J. Wood Fatally Hurt.
Chester, Pa., August 21.--Colonel Thomas J. Wood, a prominent Grand Army man and a member of the firm of Wood & Slack, was fatally injured to-night at the Market street crossing of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore railroad. When crossing the tracks he was struck by a south-bound express train, and when taken to the hospital it was found that he had an arm and leg crushed and was suffering from concussion of the brain and hemorrhage of the lungs.
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(Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 22 Aug 1894, Page 2)
HURLED TWENTY FEET
Colonel Wood, of Chester, Struck by a Train and Fatally Injured.
Chester, Pa., Aug. 21.--Colonel Thomas J. Wood, of the firm of Wood & Slack, wholesale liquor dealers of this city, was struck by the Richmond and Danville express on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad at Sixth and Market streets and will die.
He was standing talking at the crossing with a friend and left him to go towards his home. Just as he stepped on the track he was struck by the locomotive and tossed twenty feet. The train was running about thirty miles per hour.
Colonel Wood's injuries consisted of a fractured skull and internal injuries. He cannot live is the report from the hospital. Mr. Wood is a member of the Chester and Young Men's Republican Clubs and Pest Wilde, G. A. R.
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(Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 23 Aug 1894, Page 2)
Colonel Wood Dies of His Injuries
Chester, Aug. 22.--Colonel Thomas J. Wood, of this city, who was struck by a Pennsylvania train at Market street, this city, last night, died late last night at the Chester Hospital. He was a well known citizen, and during the fight at Gettysburg, when all the officers of his regiment, the Second Delaware, were disabled or killed he acted as colonel.