Nathaniel Milton Wood (1822-1876) was a leading Baptist minister in Maine. Born in Camden, he graduated from Waterville (now Colby) College in 1844, and later attended the Western Baptist Theological Institute in Covington, Kentucky. Ordained in Bloomfield (now Skowhegan), Maine in 1848, he held pastorates in Waterville, Lewiston, and Thomaston, Maine. In 1868, he became professor of systematic theology at Shurtleff College in Upper Alton, Illinois, before returning to Maine in 1874.
The Rev. Wood's "Eulogy on Abraham Lincoln," a 28-page manuscript dated three days after Lincoln's assassination, refers to turning points in Lincoln's presidency and includes quotations from Lincoln's writings. The manuscript is written on notched and hand-knotted sheets with occasional underlining with red and blue pencil, just as is the manuscript of Wood's sermon, "Divine Providence in our National History" in the Stanford University Special Collections Library.
Wood's eulogy was acquired by the University of Illinois in 2015.