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Henry Clay Wood

  • Birth 26 May 1832 Winthrop, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
  • Death 30 Aug 1918 Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 1, Site 80-A
  • Memorial ID 7668162

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. An 1854 graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, he was commissioned in the United States Army in June 1856, becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st United States Infantry. When the Civil War began he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in May 1861, then was transferred to the 11th United States Regular Infantry. Promoted to Captain in October 1861, he was detailed to serve on the staff of Major General John C. Fremont as Ordnance Officer. Promoted to Major in June 1864, he was to the Adjutant General Department, and served through the end of the war as Disbursing Officer for the Provost Marshal General’s bureau. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Regular Army on March 13, 1865 for “faithful and meritorious services in the field and in the Adjutant General’s Department during the war”. On October 28, 1893, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery on August 10, 1861 at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Missouri. His citation reads simply “Distinguished Gallantry”. In the battle, although wounded, he led his company of the 11th United States, many who were raw recruits, steadily in the engagement, and through his leadership he led them out in an orderly retreat under heavy Confederate fire from a cornfield where they were pinned down. He remained in the Regular Army once the war concluded, and retired with the rank of Colonel in 1896.

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  • Added: 9 Jul 2003
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