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Horse Era Agriculture
Who was Henry Clay Wood?
presented by Luke Sprague,
Historian & Founder of the Historical Research Firm Historymint.com
For our 6th Museum After Hours program, Fort Walla Walla Museum is proud to host Luke Sprague for a talk about Henry Clay Wood.
Henry Clay Wood was Assistant Adjutant General for the Department of the Columbia for roughly a decade. While serving in the Pacific Northwest he would hold the ranks of Major and Colonel and retired later as a Brigadier General.
Wood contributed significantly to the history of the inland Pacific Northwest by openly disagreeing with the US Departments of Interior and War regarding their policy toward Native Americans. During the Nez Perce conflict of 1877, Wood met with Nez Perce leadership and came to conclusions that did not square with the policies of the United States government and his superiors. That Wood did so, even while serving on Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard’s staff makes his contribution even more remarkable. Wood’s shocking plain-spokenness and integrity finds its way into documents throughout his service in the Pacific Northwest.
Date of lecture: June 26th, 2014