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United States Military Academy Post Cemetery - Pic 43

This is the grave of Major General Thomas J. Wood - Post Cemetery, United States Military Academy West Point. Wood was born in rural Kentucky and would graduate from the USMA in 1845. He would be commissioned second lieutenant in the Engineer Corps. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he would recruit several regiments of Indiana volunteers. He would be promoted brigadier general in October 1861. By 1862 Wood was commanding a division in the Army of the Ohio and would see action on the April 7, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. With the formation of the Army of the Cumberland, Wood again commanded a division. He would be wounded at the Battle of Stone's River. Commanding a division during the Battle of Chickamauga, he would be wrongly accused for the Federal defeat there when he followed orders from Major General William Rosecrans to move his division - ultimately opening a large gap in the lines that the Confederates would use to win the battle. He redeemed his good name for gallant leadership at the Battle of Chattanooga and in the fall of 1864 at the Battle of Lovejoy's Station near Atlanta. Wood took over command of the IV Corps of the Army of the Cumberland and provided able leadership at the Battle of Nashville. He was promoted major general in January 1865. Wood died at Dayton, Ohio on February 26, 1906.


Photo by: Michael Noirot

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Taken on August 24, 2010