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 warfare. After the struggle, he undertook a sequence of jobs, ultimately turning into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly proposal he used to be protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his relations, 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 surgeon, Wragg used to be born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege. A nonconscripted soldier, he left domestic at eighteen to affix front strains 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 proficient at the ironclad CSS Georgia ahead of moving to the CSS Atlanta. Hain makes use of the computer that he saved in the course of his education in ordnance and gunnery to supply an extraordinary glimpse into the naval and artillery practices on the time. This computer additionally presents facts of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the only confirmed at the James River at the CSS Patrick Henry. The staff of the unlucky Atlantawas captured at the ship’s maiden voyage, and facts within the Wragg relations papers indicates the catch was once no longer the results of undesirable success, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to castle Warren criminal in Boston Harbor for fifteen months. Wragg’s POW letters demonstrate the isolation and experience of abandonment the prisoners felt as they waited in hopes of an trade. The correspondence among Wragg and his fianc?e, Josie, after the conflict illustrates not just the mores of nineteenth-century courtship but additionally the trouble of adjustment that many accomplice warfare veterans faced. unfortunately, Wragg’s lifestyles was once reduce brief after he turned a winning general practitioner in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue by way of influential electorate avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle bargains an remarkable examine how the Civil warfare affected the gentry classification 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 struggle, in addition to into the struggles of the final society.
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27 I would like very much to spend the summer on the Island but I expect that Virginia is the place for the summer and perhaps forever. , Aunt Annie and Nan. Remember me to all the boys and old D... 00. I must stop as you will get tired of reading such trash. Wragg. Direct to care Johnston Younger and Otey, Richmond, Va. I can’t tell when or where we will go the letters will be forwarded to me. June 20–July 2. Troops at Winchester. ” Johnston’s army, totaling 10,654, forms four brigades. The second brigade, led by Francis Bartow, consists of the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Georgia, First Kentucky, and battery of Captain E.
Private Wragg writes from Winchester. S. 30 The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry 31 My dear Papa: I have just received your letter the 22nd June and the check on the Farmers Bank of Virginia and am very much oblige to you for it. We are still stationed at Winchester but can’t tell how long we will remain here troops arrive here daily and we expect to fight with Cadwalader and Paterson who are now four miles this side of Martinsberg at our old campground. I don’t know if we will make the attack or receive it.
He urged his family to send him a trunk full of clothes, only to have to leave it behind. 16 Although the battle in which Thomas Wragg fought, and to which he was a witness, was a victory for the Confederates, it was due not only to the skills of the Confederate commanders—Generals J. E. Johnston and Pierre Beauregard—but also, in no small measure, to timing and luck. The Confederates were outnumbered and outgunned, but the Union troops failed to be in the right place at the right time, and their initial overconfidence was their greatest weakness.