August 3, 2011
Brigadier General John E. Wool, a War of 1812 veteran, was the third-highest-ranking officer to serve in the Mexican War. In 1846, the only Arkansas regiment to serve in Mexico was placed under his command in Texas. Due to his strict discipline, the Arkansas soldiers nicknamed him “Old Granny”; the regiment’s relationship with the general was never warm. Wool served in the Civil War but saw little field service. He died in 1869.