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Thomas J. Wood Letter

Identifier: MS-3803

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This one-page handwritten letter is dated February 19, 1864 and is from Thomas John Wood, Union Army Officer, to Samuel Beatty, Brigadier General of the Union Army.


  • 1864 February 19


This letter is written in English.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Correspondence dated February 19, 1864 written by Thomas John Wood, Union Army Officer, to Samuel Beatty, Brigadier General.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas John Wood was a United States Army Officer. Wood was born September 5, 1823 in Munfordville, Kentucky and died at the age of 82 on February 26, 1906. Wood attended West Point Military Academy in the class of 1845, and then served in the Mexican-American War. Wood was a Brigade General for the Union during the Civil War. Wood is best known for his controversial obedience to a questionable order from commanding General William S. Rosecrans during the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. By following Rosecrans’ orders in the most literal sense, Woods created a gap in the Union lines; this gap subsequently led to the Union’s retreat and defeat at this battle.

Brigadier General Samuel Beatty was born on December 16, 1820 and died May 26, 1885 at age 65. Beatty was a lieutenant in the Third Ohio Infantry during the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War, he organized the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and became its first colonel. In 1862 he was promoted to Brigadier General of the US Volunteers and led a brigade in the IV Corps of the Cumberland Army during the 1863 Atlanta Campaign. In 1864 Beatty was promoted to Major General of the US Volunteers following his valiant actions in the Battle of Nashville.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA