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John E. WOOL
Officer in the United States Army during three consecutive U.S. wars: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War
Source : Tim DOWLING
John Ellis Wool was born in Newburgh, New York. He was orphaned at a young age but attended local school. He read the law with an established firm in order to learn and be admitted to the bar.
At the outbreak of the War of 1812, Wool was a practicing attorney in Troy, New York. When he volunteered at the age of 28, he was commissioned as a captain in the 13th United States Infantry Regiment. He fought at the Battle of Queenston Heights in 1812, where he was wounded. During the action, he led a group of American soldiers up a fisherman's path to the British artillery stationed on top of the heights. In the face of an infantry charge led by famed British general Isaac Brock, he rallied his men and they held their ground. The attack was repulsed, in which action Brock died. However, the Americans eventually lost the battle.