Friday, April 4, 2014

Only One Battle

Union Colonel Alfred M Wood enlisted on April 4th 1861 in the 84th New York Infantry, also known as the 14th Brooklyn.

Alfred M Wood was born April 19th 1825.  On April 13th 1858 he was made the Colonel of the 14th New York Militia.

When the Civil War started Wood enlisted in Brooklyn, New York on April 4th 1861 for three years’ service in the 84th New York Infantry, which is better known as the 14th Brooklyn.  He was wounded and captured at the First Battle of Manassas; where Wood led his regiment in two attempts to capture Henry Hill.  It was during this attack that Confederate General Thomas J Jackson, whom the 14th was charging against, gave the Regiment its nick name of the “Red Legged Devils”.  Wood would be exchanged and returned to duty.  Do to the wounds he received at Manassas, Wood was discharged on October 18th 1861.

Wood became the Mayor of the city of Brooklyn in 1864.  After the war ended he spent a great deal of time helping the veterans of his old regiment the 14th Brooklyn.  Wood died July 28th 1895, and is buried in the Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale, Nassau, New York.

If you would like to read more about the life of Alfred M. Wood this is a good site.

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