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American soldier (1860-1927); Army Chief of Staff just before the First World War; although a medical officer, he rose to ranks of command, partly due to his service in the Philippines. Good content and association Typewritten Letter Signed "Leonard Wood," as Commander of the Eastern Department, 1p, 8vo, Governor's Island, NY, September 25, 1917. Just days after the death of George Dewey, hero of Manila Bay, on January 17, Wood writes to his widow, "I cannot tell you how shocked and aggrieved I was to hear of his illness and its unfortunate termination…I valued his friendship and good opinion very highly…The nation has lost one of its great figures in both the Navy and Army…" Pencil notation at bottom, otherwise in excellent condition. With printed portrait.

Leonard E. Wood - 100412

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