By Pamela Chase Hain
A accomplice Chronicle offers the impressive lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and army and continued incarceration as a prisoner of battle. After the conflict, he undertook a chain of jobs, ultimately turning into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly proposal he was once protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his kin, acquaintances, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval computer and newspaper articles, to provide readers direct perception into his existence and the lives of these round him. The son of a revered Savannah healthcare professional, Wragg was once born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege. A nonconscripted soldier, he left domestic at eighteen to hitch front strains in Virginia. From there, he despatched letters domestic describing the maneuverings of basic 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 military and informed at the ironclad CSS Georgia sooner than moving to the CSS Atlanta. Hain makes use of the laptop 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 computing device additionally presents proof of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the only validated 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 relations papers indicates the seize used to be no longer the results of undesirable good fortune, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to fortress Warren legal 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 battle illustrates not just the mores of nineteenth-century courtship but additionally the trouble of adjustment that many accomplice struggle veterans faced. unfortunately, Wragg’s lifestyles used to be lower brief after he grew to become a winning general practitioner in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue via influential electorate avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle bargains an remarkable examine how the Civil conflict affected the gentry classification of the South. It offers readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of lifestyles in the course of and after the conflict, in addition to into the struggles of the overall society.
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12 A Confederate Chronicle Like leaves that are withered in Autumn’s chill blast, Are the fond hopes long Cherished, but blighted at last. They leave the heart desolate, Sadden’d and lone, And the wild winds so sadly To whistle its moan. The dreams of the future, so Pleasant and bright, Like the sun in a cloud Have passed out of sight. The sweet song of gladness That greeted us here Has been hushed, and the Fountain yields us but tears. (“Blighted Hopes,” by Thomas L. Wragg) Part I Eyewitness to Civil War To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.
A delayed announcement was “by Johnston’s orders,” to prevent word of their departure from reaching either Patterson or McDowell. The army marched until midnight, crossing the Shenandoah River through the “Ashby Gap” of the Shenandoah Mountains and camping at Paris, Virginia. The next morning they began their march again early, arriving at the Piedmont Station on the Manassas Gap Railroad around noon. M. 39 July 21. Battle at Bull Run—First Manassas (see Map 5). Union Army: 35,700 men; Army of Potomac (Beauregard): 21,800 men (Bonham, Ewell, D.
Born into a family of four generations of plantation owners, brought up in relative privilege, he would have looked forward to a financially comfortable future—a college education, perhaps medical studies abroad like his father, an elegant town house in Savannah with summers on the island. All this was destroyed by the Civil War. ” And yet, Wragg managed to overcome the dismal war years and eventually achieved the success he sought, only to have his life tragically ended by a young man who falsely believed he was defending his family’s honor.
A Confederate Chronicle: The Life of a Civil War Survivor (Shades of Blue and Gray) by Pamela Chase Hain