{⋆★⋆} BG Wright, Ambrose Ransom

Ambrose Ransom Wright

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Born: April 26, 1826

Birth Place: Louisville, Georgia

Father: Captain William Ambrose Wright 1789 – 1850

Mother: Sarah Hammond 1796 – 1838

1st​ Wife: Mary Hubbell Savage 1826 – 1854
(Buried: Revolutionary War Cemetery, Louisville, Georgia)​

2nd​ Wife: Caroline Cooper Hazelhurst 1840 – 1923
(Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia)​

Children:

Lt. William Ambrose Wright 1844 – 1929​
(Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia)​
Ellen G. Wright Cohen 1848 – 1897​
(Buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia)​
Henry Gregory “Gregg” Wright 1850 – 1880​
(Buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia)​
Two Infant Daughters 1854 – 1854​
Malvern Hill Wright 1862 – 1884​
(Buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia)​
Robert Hazelhurst Wright 1864 – 1939​
(Buried: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia)
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Education:

Read law under Herschel V. Johnson in Louisville, Georgia​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Louisville, Georgia​
Unsuccessful Candidate for Georgia State Representative​
Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Representative​
1856: Millard Fillmore Presidential Elector​
1860: Supporter of John Bell for President​

Civil War Career:

1861: Confederate Commissioner to Maryland​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 3rd​ Georgia Infantry​
1861 – 1862: Served in North Carolina​
1862: Participated in the Battle of South Mills​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Seven Pines​
1862 – 1864: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862 – 1864: Participated in all campaigns of Army of Northern Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Temporary Major General in command of Georgia​

Occupation after War:

Georgia State Senator​
Practiced law in Augusta, Georgia​
Owner of Augusta Chronicle & Sentinel Newspaper​
1871: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Senator​
Elected as United States Representative but died before taking office​

Died:
December 21, 1872

Place of Death: Augusta, Georgia

Cause of Death: Brain Inflammation

Age at time of Death: 46 years old

Burial Place: Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia

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rpkennedy

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One source states that he temporarily reliquished command at Gettysburg due to illness. To whom did he hand over command to and what illness? He would have been in Anderson's-Mahone's Division about this time.
This was on the march to Gettysburg on June 30-July 1. Wright was sick with diarrhea (probably from eating unripe corn, cherries, etc.) but retook command of the brigade on the night of July 1. In the meantime, Colonel William Gibson of the 48th Georgia commanded the brigade.

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In August of 1864 he was transferred to the Army of Tennessee but does not appear to have joined, possibly either health or political reasons. It very well may have been political as He was elected president of the Georgia senate the previous year.
He was specifically asked for by Governor Brown of Georgia to command a division of Georgia home troops. His troops may have been under the command of the AoT but I don't know if they were actually attached as a part of the main army.

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I remember reading in Rhea's Overland series about an incident involving Lee, A. P. Hill and Wright. After Wright's brigade failed to achieve a victoryin a minor engagement, A. P. Hill was furious and was asking to have Wright courtmarshalled. I believe Rhea quoted Lee on this, but can't remember the exact quote. I do remember him saying something along the lines of, "You may be an officer, but he's a lawyer by trade. You can't courtmartial him. You need to learn how to handle your subordinates more tactfully".
 

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I've seen the wound described as "serious" but I've never seen any kind of detail about the injury.

Ryan
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Richmond Enquirer, September 22, 1862 as reprinted in The Rome Weekly Courier. (Rome, Ga.), October 03, 1862, page 1.
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Southern Recorder. (Milledgeville, Ga.), September 30, 1862, page 2.
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The Savannah Republican. (Savannah, Ga.), October 02, 1862, page 1.
 

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Here's something I had never heard of before. @Brian Downey did you know about this?
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Excerpted from the Report of Peter Wellington Alexander (aka "P.W.A.") correspondent to the Savannah Republican, dated Sharspburg, MD, Sept. 18. As reprinted in the Southern Recorder. (Milledgeville, Ga.), October 07, 1862, page 2.
 

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Here's something I had never heard of before. @Brian Downey did you know about this? View attachment 399202
Excerpted from the Report of Peter Wellington Alexander (aka "P.W.A.") correspondent to the Savannah Republican, dated Sharspburg, MD, Sept. 18. As reprinted in the Southern Recorder. (Milledgeville, Ga.), October 07, 1862, page 2.

That sounds exactly like Rans Wright.

Ryan
 
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