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Colonel Leonard Wood's Jacket and Hat
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Colonel Leonard Wood's Jacket and Hat

Catalog #: 37018    Accession #: 114823
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 29.5" H x 25" W

Physical Description

Light khaki jacket with blue facings with epaulettes and gold colored buttons. Wool felt hat with cotton braids and guilt threads.

Specific History

Jacket and hat worn by Colonel Leonard Wood in Cuba.

While serving as an Assistant Surgeon in the Apache Campaign of the summer of 1886, Wood was awarded the Medal of Honor. In 1895, he was the White House Physician to President Grover Cleveland. He began his long friendship with Theodore Roosevelt during his years in Washington. Following the war, he served as Military Governor of Cuba until 1902. As a Brigadier General he fought the Moros during the Philippine Insurrection in 1904 and less than a year later he was named Army Chief of Staff by President William Howard Taft. In less than a decade, he had jumped from a Captain in the Medical Corps to the highest post in the Army.


Keywords

Country: Cuba
Wars: Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection
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