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Only two brigades of Wood's division were engaged at Chicamauga, one brigade remaining in Chattanooga on garrison duty. After the disaster to the right on the second day, Gen. Brannan formed his division on "Horseshoe" ridge, but did not connect with Reynolds' division next on the left. Wood was moving to close this interval when the advancing enemy came within musket range. Changing front under fire, always a dangerous movement, Wood faced his division south instead of east, ordered a charge with fixed bayonets, drove back the Confederates and gained the precious moments necessary to bring his troops in to the gap between Brannan's and Reynolds' divisions. Here for five hours raged an incessant storm of battle. Thomas, from the rear of Wood's division, sent up two cannon with the message, "The position must be held." "Tell Gen. Thomas," was the reply, "that we will hold the position or go to heaven from it." During that Sunday afternoon of terrific fighting, the only men that fell away from the Federal position were the wounded and the heroic souls that went "to heaven from it." When the blessed night came the Union line was still intact and the army had been saved.
For many years one of the most familiar sights on the streets of Dayton was a sturdy old soldier with a kind word and smile for every one he met, and when a stranger would ask who he was, the answer was always the same, "That's the General."
Rich or poor, high or low, made no difference with him, his broad nature took them all in and made mankind his friend.
Such was Thomas J. Wood, the citizen, in the daily walks of peace and these last years served to round out his life.
For many years on Memorial Day he acted as Grand Marshal and sat upon his horse up to his eightieth year as well as he ever did in youth. His daily ride was a feature of his life and it was a matter of comment that no one could sit a horse as well as Gen. Wood could. In his home life he believed that a man's highest duty was to those who gathered round the same fire-side. When the last days came, when strength and health were gradually fading away, never for a moment was that serene nature daunted, never a complaint came. With a smile on his lips he fought the battle to the end.
Up to the last two years of his life, he retained the strength and vitality of a man of sixty, but gradually his health broke down. There was no special sickness or disease. The machine, a good machine at that, which had done faithful service in the bloody days of the sixties, was wearing out, and the spark of life burning low.
Although he fought his grim adversary as valiantly as he had on the slopes of Snodgrass Hill, the victory could not be his.
At last on a peaceful Sunday afternoon that gallant soul quietly passed away; a brave soldier had gone over the river to join his comrades of the days of yore.
Years before General Wood had expressed a desire to be buried in the cemetery at West Point and in conformity to that wish his body was interred on the beautiful banks of the Hudson.
There he rests in peace, his life work well done. As a soldier he never failed to do his duty; as a citizen he neglected no responsibility; as a man he did justice to every man, and surely that beautiful verse which Saint Paul wrote many years ago expresses his character: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."
Mrs. Wood resides at Dayton, O., and their children were born at Dayton. Issue:
1 William "wood, b. Jany. n, 1864; d. Jany. 19,
2 George Henry Wood, b. Nov. 3, 1867. Was
First Lieutenant 28th U. S. Vol. and served in the Philippines during the war with Spain. Res. Dayton, O.
3 Thomas John Wood, b. Jany. 11, 1875. Res.
iii. Horace Edmonds Greer, b. Dayton, O., April 4, 1843! d. May 22, 1872.
Colonel Edward Augustine "king, U. S. A., (Augustine* Lt. Eliphalet* Capt. Joseph,3 James,2 William1), born in Cambridge, N. Y., April 3, 1814. Killed at the battle of Chicamauga, Sept. 20, 1863. He was Colonel of the Sixth U. S. Infantry and also Colonel of the 68th Indiana Volunteers. When killed he was in command, Acting Brigadier General of the Second Brigade, Reynolds Division, 14th Army Corps U. S. A. He had ridden out in front of the lines of his brigade to reconnoitre, when a ball from a Confederate sharpshooter struck him down. In the early days Edward A. King was a well known man in Dayton, Ohio. He was a soldier born. When Texas made her gallant struggle against Mexico he had fought under the Lone Star banner. Again when troops were called for in 1847, ne volunteered and served through General Scott's campaign to the capture of the City of Mexico as a Captain in the 15th U. S. Infantry. When the Civil War broke out he at once reported to Gov. Denison of Ohio with his company and was placed in command of Camp Jackson. He first took the field in 1862 as Colonel of the 68th Indiana Infantry and served in the Kentucky campaign in 1862, his regiment being one of those captured at Mumfordville, and Col. King saved the regimental flag by wrapping it around his body and carrying it there until he was exchanged, and when he was struck down on the field of Chicamauga and the order came to retreat his body was placed on a caisson and carried off the field, being the only body carried off the field on the night of September 20th, 1863, or as the 68th Indiana said: "He saved our flag and we saved his body." Shortly before his death he had been promoted to the Colonelcy of the 6th U. S. Infantry. The spot where Colonel Edward A. King fell is marked by one of the monuments erected by the government to designate the place where general officers were killed. In 1842, at Cincinnati, O., Col. Edward A. King married Sarah McNaughton, born in Cambridge, Washington Co., N. Y., died in Dayton, O., Feb. 17, 1866.
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