Leonard Wood
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1860
Date of Death: 1927
Cause of Death: Brain cancer
Occupation: Physician, Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Louise Smith
Military Branch: United States Army (1886–1921, incl. Spanish-American War and World War I)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): Military Governor of the Philippines
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: US Army (Great War)
Leonard Wood (October 9, 1860 – August 7, 1927) was a physician who served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Military Governor of Cuba and Governor General of the Philippines. Early in his military career, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Wood was removed as Chief in 1914 by then-President Woodrow Wilson. He made a half-hearted bid for the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency in 1920, which was unsuccessful.

Leonard Wood in Southern Victory Edit

Leonard Wood was a medical doctor,[1] friend of President Theodore Roosevelt,[2] and the Chief of the General Staff of the United States Army during the Great War.[3]

Wood's ability to accept and implement new military ideas helped him rise through the ranks quickly. He was also adept in seeing such abilities in other soldiers.[4] He was an early patron of Irving Morrell, and kept track of his career throughout the Great War.[5] He also realized the effectiveness of General George Custer's use of barrels in Tennessee as more than support for infantry, and saw to it that Army doctrine was changed. He was quite up front about the fact that the old doctrine had been a mistake while testifying before Congress.[6]

Wood remained on as Chief of Staff after the war ended, and oversaw various plans for keeping the Confederate States disarmed.[7]. Intensely loyal to Roosevelt, he left his position when Upton Sinclair defeated Roosevelt in the 1920 election and took office the following year. He was replaced by General Hunter Liggett.[8]


  1. American Front, pg. 496
  2. Ibid., pg. 499.
  3. Ibid., pg. 495.
  4. See, e.g., American Front, pg. 495-500.
  5. See, e.g., Walk in Hell, pg. 112-113.
  6. Breakthroughs, pgs. 299-302.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 574-578.
  8. Blood and Iron, pg. 575, pb.
Political offices
Preceded by
John R. Brooke
Governor-General of Cuba
Succeeded by
Tomás Estrada Palma
as President of Cuba
Preceded by
Charles Yeater
Governor-General of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Eugene A. Gilmore
Military offices
Preceded by
J. Franklin Bell
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Succeeded by
William W. Wotherspoon
Military offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
last known is William Rosecrans
as General-in-Chief
Chief of the United States General Staff
Succeeded by
Hunter Liggett
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