Colonel Eleazer Derby Wood's Monument at West Point

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Eleazer Derby Wood (1783 – September 17, 1814) was an American Army officer in the War of 1812. He was distinguished at Fort Erie, where he lost his life in a sortie. Colonel Wood was much beloved by General Brown, who caused a handsome marble monument to be erected to his memory at West Point. Also, he was the namesake of Fort Wood on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on which the Statue of Liberty was built. He is also the namesake of Wood County, Ohio.


Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 10) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)


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