Medal of Honor recipient (General) Henry Clay Wood writes to his Congressman uncle John Wood, concerning the pension for Mrs. (Major) Clarence Mauck. A superb letter showing concern for a fellow officers wife and helping her secure a pension after his death.
Dated February 2d, 1881, the letter reads in part
"state in it that death resulted from disease contracted during the winter of 1878-9, while in the field on expedition under General Mackenzie against the Cheyenne Indians...Please convey to her my heartfelt sympathy, and say that should there be anything whatever, connected with the Majors affairs, requiring attention in any of the departments here, I will gladly attend to it..."
Letter is in fine condition, with wear as shown in the scan.
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Henry Clay Wood:
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.