LTC Eleazer Derby Wood

LTC Eleazer Derby Wood

Birth
Lunenburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Sep 1814 (aged 30)
Ontario, Canada
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 41804902 · View Source
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Military History. - Cadet of the Military Academy, May 17, 1805, to Oct. 30, 1806, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 30, 1806.
(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 23, 1808)
(Captain, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1812)
(Bvt. Major, May 6, 1813, for Distinguished Services in the Defense of Ft. Meigs)
(Bvt. Lieut. Colonel, July 25, 1814, for Gallant Conduct in the Battle of Niagara, U. C.)

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the defenses at Governor's Island, New York harbor, 1807; at the Military Academy, 1807-8; as Asst. Engineer at Forts. Norfolk and Nelson, Va., 1808-10; at West Point, N. Y., 1810-12, as Military Agent; and in the War of 1812-15 with Great Britain, in General Harrison's Campaign of 1813, in the Northwest, and in the Campaign of 1814, on the Niagara Frontier, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Meigs, Apr. 28-May 9, 1813, participating in the Sortie of May 5, on the British batteries and approaches, - Skirmish at Chatham, U. C. (in command of the Artillery), Oct. 4, 1813, - Battle of the Thames, U. C. Oct. 5, 1813, - Capture of Fort Erie, U. C., July 3, 1814, - Battle of Chippewa, July 5, 1814, - Reconnaissance of Ft. George, July 21, 1814, - Battle of Niagara, July 25, 1814, - and Defense of Ft. Erie, Aug. 3 - Sep. 17, 1814, including its Bombardment, Aug. 13-15, Repulse of the Enemy's Assault, Aug. 15, and Sortie from it, Sep. 17, 1814, when, while gallantly leading and directing a column on the British batteries and siege works, he was Killed, Sep. 17, 1814, in the Sortie from Ft. Erie, U. C.: Aged 31.

Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N. Y. by Bvt. Maj. - Gen George W. Cullum, published 1891


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  • Created by: Don Stowell
  • Added: 10 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41804902
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Eleazer Derby Wood (Dec 1783–17 Sep 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41804902, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Don Stowell (contributor 46794548) .