1863 July 2
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1863 July 2
Letter, 2 July 1863, from General Henry A. Wise (1806-1876) commanding Wise's Brigade at Chaffin's Farm, Henrico County, Virginia, to General Daniel Harvey Hill (1821-1889), commanding the defenses around Richmond, Virginia. Wise details his plans for a warning system, whicih includes the Confederate position at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, if the Union army moved towards Petersburg, Virginia. He also states how he plans to use his artillery and the difficulties his command will have in moving it. Wise informs Hill of his plans for defending his position or for moving to Petersburg if necessary
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Henry Alexander Wise was born 3 December 1806 in Accomack County, Virginia, to Major John Wise (d. 1812) and Sallie Cropper Wise (d. 1813). Wise attended Washington College in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1825. He then studied law under Henry St. George Tucker in Winchester, Virginia. Admitted to the Virginia bar in 1828, Wise followed his future wife and family to Nashville, Tennessee. He practiced law in Nashville for two years before returning to Accomack in 1830. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1833, Wise served until 1844. Wise was appointed Minister to Brazil in 1844, and served in that position until 1847. He represented the Eastern Shore counties of Accomack and Northampton in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851, and represented Princess Anne County in the Virginia Secession Convention of 1861. Wise was elected governor of Virginia in 1855 and served from 1856 to 1860, during which time he met with John Brown (1800-1859) after the latter's failed raid in Harper's Ferry, (West) Virginia. During the Civil War, Wise raised troops and was appointed a brigadier general. After the war, he practiced law in Richmond, Virginia. Wise married three times: first, to Ann Elizabeth Jennings (1808-1837) of Nashville, Tennessee, 8 October 1828; second, to Sarah Sergeant (d. 1850) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 1840; and third, to Mary Elizabeth Lyons (1817-1901) of Richmond, Virginia, 1 November 1853. He fathered 14 children, only 7 of whom reached maturity. Wise died 12 September 1876, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
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