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1856-1868
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1856-1868
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eng
Summary
Correspondence, 1856-1868, of the Wright family of Bedford County, Virginia, consisting mainly of letters from James Matthew Wright (ca. 1825-1890) and Peter Meador Wright (1831-1888), both serving in Company B, 58th Virginia infantry, to their families concerning personal matters and camp life at Camp Lee in Staunton, Virginia, Camp McCulloch in Highland County, Virginia, and Camp Shenandoah in Augusta County, Virginia. The letters also discuss the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania Court House; as well as the 1862 Maryland campaign, the 1863 Gettysburg campaign, and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Also included are letters from Stephen W. Wright (b. 1837), Joel Wilson Wright (1839-1880), Calohill M. Calvert (1835-1862), Van Buren West (1834-1864), and William Wesley Basham (1827-1901) to members of the Wright family discussing camp life and various battles. Also includes a report card, dated 19 April 1856, for Louisa Frances Wright (1842-1882); and a report card, dated 31 May 1858, from the Bedford Institute for Joel Wilson Wright
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Wright family Papers, 1856-1868 (LVA accession 34480).
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Peter Meador Wright (1802-1861) and Susan James Wright (1802-1876) of Bedford County, Virginia, had twelve children, including James Matthew Wright (ca. 1825-1890), who married Mary T. Marshall (b. ca. 1826); Peter Meador Wright (1831-1888), who married Sarah Jane Dearing (1834-1907); Eliza Ann Wright Lemon (b. 1831), whose daughter was Louisa Frances Lemon; Stephen Wood Wright (b. 1837); Joel Wilson Wright (1839-1880); and Louisa Frances Wright (1842-1882). The sons, James, Peter, Stephen, and Joel, all served in the Civil War. James and Peter enlisted in Company B, 58th Virginia infantry 24 August 1861. James served until the surrender at Appomattox 9 April 1865. Peter rose to be captain of Company B. He was wounded at the Wilderness 5 May 1864 and again at Bethesda Church 30 May 1864, and was captured at Winchester, Virginia, 19 September 1864. Imprisoned at Fort Delaware, he was released 4 June 1865. Stephen W. Wright enlisted in Company K, 36th Virginia infantry 30 October 1864 and was later captured at Waynesboro, Virginia 2 March 1865. Held at Fort Delaware, he was released 21 June 1865. Joel Wright first enlisted in the 2nd Virginia cavalry 1 April 1862, but was court-martialed 23 May 1863 for going AWOL and was discharged later that year. He later enlisted in Company K, 36th Virginia infantry with his brother Stephen and served to the end of the Civil War.
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Correspondence
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.05
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Bell, T.J.
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