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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Wood, William Willis Wiley 1818- Naval engineer; born in Wake county, N. C., May 30, 1818; learned engineering at the West Point Foundry, N. Y.; entered the naval service in 1845, and, during the Civil War, was general inspector of steam machinery, and had charge of the construction of the National iron-clad fleet and the machinery of the new class of vessels then introduced. He became engineerin-chief, and was retired May 30, 1880. He died near Jutland, Md., Aug. 31, 1882.