By Pamela Chase Hain
A accomplice Chronicle provides the extraordinary lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and army and persisted incarceration as a prisoner of battle. After the conflict, he undertook a sequence of jobs, finally turning into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly inspiration he was once protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his kin, neighbors, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval workstation and newspaper articles, to offer readers direct perception into his existence and the lives of these round him. The son of a revered Savannah healthcare professional, Wragg used to be born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege. A nonconscripted soldier, he left domestic at eighteen to hitch front traces in Virginia. From there, he despatched letters domestic describing the maneuverings of normal Joseph E. Johnston’s military in and round Harpers Ferry and Winchester, culminating with the conflict of Bull Run. within the fall of 1862, Wragg joined the accomplice army and educated at the ironclad CSS Georgia earlier than shifting to the CSS Atlanta. Hain makes use of the computer that he stored in the course of his education in ordnance and gunnery to supply a unprecedented glimpse into the naval and artillery practices on the time. This pc additionally presents proof of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the only confirmed at the James River at the CSS Patrick Henry. The group of the unlucky Atlantawas captured at the ship’s maiden voyage, and facts within the Wragg kin papers indicates the trap was once now not the results of undesirable good fortune, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to citadel Warren criminal in Boston Harbor for fifteen months. Wragg’s POW letters exhibit the isolation and experience of abandonment the prisoners felt as they waited in hopes of an alternate. The correspondence among Wragg and his fianc?e, Josie, after the struggle illustrates not just the mores of nineteenth-century courtship but in addition the trouble of adjustment that many accomplice warfare veterans faced. unfortunately, Wragg’s existence used to be reduce brief after he grew to become a winning physician in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue via influential voters avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle deals an unheard of examine how the Civil conflict affected the gentry category of the South. It offers readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of existence in the course of and after the battle, in addition to into the struggles of the overall society.
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The Eighth Georgia takes the Virginia Central Railroad as far as Gordonsville, where they transfer to the Orange and Alexandria line to Manassas Junction. June 6. , the Eighth Georgia arrives in Manassas Junction and transfers to the Manassas Gap Railroad over Blue Ridge to the Shenandoah Valley to Strasburg. Five companies ride in wagons and coaches. Companies A, B, and C volunteer to walk the eighteen miles to Winchester, where they camp two nights. June 9. 19 June 11. Thomas Wragg writes a letter from Camp Defiance, near Bolivar Heights at Harpers Ferry, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers between Maryland and Virginia.
6 wide. I write you these few lines to let you know that I am quite well. We have for some time past been moving our Camp it is about 7 miles from here and on Bull’s Run. There is no news here at all. The files and things that I sent to you by John Ferrill I got at Harpers Ferry the morning that we burned the Bridge and Public property. There must have been thousands of dollars worth of all kinds of files burnt. One or two of the boys have received small trunks with eatibles from home. cant you send me a small one with a ham and some smoked beef and different things that will keep.
Wragg writes (letter written on July 23 regarding fight on July 21) from Manassas Junction. Wragg’s brigade fights on top of Matthews Hill with Bee and Evans for almost two hours. ” In a rush to reach the woods, the “place of slaughter,” his company has six killed, twenty-five wounded, and five taken prisoner. They withdraw to Henry House Hill. McDowell fails to make a concerted follow-up attack. The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry 35 Johnston and Beauregard arrive around noon and begin to reorganize the troops.
A Confederate Chronicle: The Life of a Civil War Survivor (Shades of Blue and Gray) by Pamela Chase Hain