{⋆★⋆} BG Wright, Marcus Joseph

Marcus Joseph Wright

Born: June 5, 1831
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Birth Place: Purdy, Tennessee

Father: Major Benjamin Wright 1784 – 1860
(Buried: Purdy Cemetery, Purdy, Tennessee)​

Mother: Martha Ann Hicks 1793 – 1859
(Buried: Purdy Cemetery, Purdy, Tennessee)​

1st Wife: Martha Spencer Elcan 1837 – 1875
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee)​

2nd Wife: Pauline Womack 1845 – 1934
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

Children:

Benjamin J. Wright 1865 – 1903​
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery, Holly Springs, Mississippi)​
Pauline Casey Young Wright Dinwiddie 1880 – 1961​
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia)​
Howard Paul Wright 1881 – 1966​
(Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida)​

Education:

Studied law​

Occupation before War:
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Attorney in Memphis, Tennessee​
Clerk of Common law & Chancery Court​
Lt. Colonel in Tennessee State Militia​
Sheriff in Memphis, Tennessee​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Colonel of 154th Senior Tennessee Infantry Regiment​
1861: In charge of fortifications at Randolph, Tennessee​
1862: Confederate Military Governor of Columbus, Kentucky​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Shiloh​
1862: Staff Officer to Major General Benjamin F. Cheatham​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1863 – 1864: Confederate Commander for District of Atlanta, Georgia​
1864: Commander of District of Macon, Georgia​
1865: Commander of District of North Mississippi & West Tennessee​
1865: Paroled at Grenada, Mississippi​

Occupation after War:

Attorney in Memphis, Tennessee
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Assistant Purser of United States Navy Yard​
Editor of Columbia Tennessee Journal Newspaper​
Attorney in Washington, D.C.​
1878 – 1917: Agent for U.S. War Dept. for Confederate Records​

Died: December 27, 1927

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Age at time of Death: 96 years old

Cause of Death: Senility

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
 
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Marcus Joseph Wright:
Born: June 5, 1831
Birth Place: Purdy TennesseeView attachment 361266
Father: Major Benjamin Wright 1784 – 1860
(Buried: Purdy Cemetery Purdy Tennessee)
Mother: Martha Ann Hicks 1793 – 1859
(Buried: Purdy Cemetery Purdy Tennessee)
1st​ Wife: Martha Spencer Elcan 1837 – 1875
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery Memphis Tennessee)
2nd​ Wife: Pauline Womack 1845 – 1934
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)
Children:
Benjamin J. Wright 1865 – 1903
(Buried: Hill Crest Cemetery Holly Springs Mississippi)
Pauline Casey Young Wright Dinwiddie 1880 – 1961
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery Charlottesville Virginia)
Howard Paul Wright 1881 – 1966
(Buried: Evergreen Cemetery Jacksonville Florida)

Education:
Studied law

Occupation before War:
Attorney in Memphis Tennessee
Clerk of Common law & Chancery Court
Lt. Colonel in Tennessee State Militia
Sheriff in Memphis Tennessee

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 154th​ Senior Tennessee Infantry RegimentView attachment 361267
1861: In charge of fortifications at Randolph Tennessee
1862: Confederate Military Governor of Columbus Kentucky
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Shiloh
1862: Staff Officer to Major General Benjamin F. Cheatham
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry
1863 – 1864: Confederate Commander for District of Atlanta Georgia
1864: Commander of District of Macon Georgia
1865: Commander of District of North Mississippi & West Tennessee
1865: Paroled at Grenada Mississippi

Occupation after War:
Attorney in Memphis Tennessee
Assistant Purser of United States Navy Yard
Editor of Columbia Tennessee Journal Newspaper
Attorney in Washington D.C.
1878 – 1917: Agent for U.S. War Dept. for Confederate Records


Died:
December 27, 1927
Place of Death: Washington D.C.
Age at time of Death: 96 years old
Cause of Death: Senility
Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia



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IIRC, Wright was wounded at either Chickamauga or around Chattanooga, and would never return to his brigade. His brigade would be led by John C. Carter throughout 1864.
After the war, he would serve prominently as a historiographer on the conflict.
 

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According to Stewart Sifakis' book on Civil War personalities the only wound mentioned was the one Wright received at Shiloh, where it says he was severely wounded.
Huh.
Yeah, looking up his page on wikipedia, it doesn't say why he was moved from his combat post. I wonder why this is.
 

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It is stated that he was chosen by the War Departmnent to supervise the collection of Confederate records in 1878. Makes one wonder how he was chosen. It is also stated that his post war work was far more important than his contributions as a brigadier genetal.
 
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