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Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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WOOD, EDWARD B.-- Born in Versailles, Kentucky and came to Texas in 1835. The published proceedings of the General Council of the Provisional Government show that on December 28, 1835, "Edward B. Wood of Kentucky made a tender of his service to aid Texas in her present struggles." The subject was referred to the Committee of Military Affairs which reported as follows: "Your committee having examined the letter of recommendation of Mr. Wood, would respectfully recommend that his name be placed upon the list of applications for an office suitable to his abilities and qualifications, as soon as a vacancy takes place. Your committee thinks it due to Mr. Wood, as he comes to our country highly recommended, believing it very important to encourage the emigration of young men of education and respectability to our country. For upon such men will ere long devolve the task of legislation and all the arduous duties of the Government."

Mr. Wood was appointed Secretary Pro Tem of the General Council January 6th and Secretary to Governor James W. Robinson, January 17,1836. He was Adjutant of the Second Regiment of Volunteers at San Jacinto and on November 2, 1851, Donation Certificate No. 392 for 640 acres of land was issued in his name for having participated in the battle. In an unnumbered Comptroller's Military Service Record, M.B. Lamar, Secretary of War, on May 9, 1836, certified that Wood "first lieutenant of Logan's Company (and subsequently of Bird's) having entered the army on the 27th of February 1836 and continued in service to the present day.." Colonel Sidney Sherman stated that Lietuenant Wood acted for the period of 26 days as Adjutant to his regiment. In compliance with an act of the Legislature approved December 17, 1851, the heirs of Mr. Wood, deceased, were issued a Headright Certificate for one-third of a league of land.

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Adjutant
  • Company: Second Regiment Texas Volunteers

Personal Statistics

  • Birthplace: Kentucky, Versailles
  • Came to Texas: 1835
  • Donation Certificate: 392