Wood, Leonard

Medal of Honor recipient, led “Rough Riders” in Cuba, fought Moros in Philippines, 1916 & 1920 GOP Presidential hopeful, Philippines Governor General 1921-27

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(1860-1927) Harvard MD 1884, US Army physician from 1885. Wood was in the last campaign against Geronimo, awarded the Medal of Honor in 1886 for carrying dispatches 100 miles through hostile territory and for commanding an infantry detachment (whose officers had been lost) in hand-to-hand combat against the Apache. He was promoted to captain in 1891. Wood was personal physician to Presidents Cleveland and McKinley through 1898 and developed a friendship with Asst. Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Wood, with Roosevelt, organized the 1st Volunteer Cavalry regiment, "the Rough Riders", and led the regiment at the Battle of Las Guasimas June 24, 1898. When the brigade commander became ill, Wood received a field promotion to Brigadier General of Volunteers and commanded the 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, V Corps (which included the Rough Riders) to victory at Kettle Hill and San Juan Heights. As Military Governor of Santiago & all Cuba 1899-1902, he relied on his medical experience to institute improvements to the medical and sanitary conditions in Cuba. He was promoted to Army Brigadier General shortly before moving to his next assignment. In 1902, he commanded the Philippines Division and later became commander of the Department of the East. Promoted to Major General in 1903, he served as governor of Moro province, a stronghold of Muslim rebellion, 1903-06, led US forces in the Philippines 1906-08. He was named Army Chief of Staff in 1910 (serving to 1914) by President Taft, whom he had met while both were in the Philippines; he is the only medical officer to have ever held that position. Wood was promoted to Lieutenant General, that rank last awarded to Phil Sheridan in 1869. He led Department of the East 1914. GOP 1916 & 1920 presidential hopeful, Philippines Governor General 1921-27. Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood is home of the Army Combat Engineer School, Chemical School, and Military Police School. It is is also a major Training and Doctrine Command post for Basic Combat Training and home of the 10th Infantry Regiment (Basic Training). 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed as Major General USV, Santiago (Cuba), 1899.

Condition: Very good, light toning at top and right sides
Type:Signed Card






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