By Pamela Chase Hain
A accomplice Chronicle offers the striking lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and military and persisted incarceration as a prisoner of warfare. After the struggle, he undertook a sequence of jobs, finally changing into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly suggestion he used to be protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his kinfolk, pals, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval laptop and newspaper articles, to offer readers direct perception into his existence and the lives of these round him. The son of a revered Savannah surgeon, Wragg was once born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege. A nonconscripted soldier, he left domestic at eighteen to affix 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 army and informed at the ironclad CSS Georgia prior to shifting 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 an extraordinary glimpse into the naval and artillery practices on the time. This computer additionally presents proof of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the single verified 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 trap was once no longer the results of undesirable success, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to castle Warren felony in Boston Harbor for fifteen months. Wragg’s POW letters display 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 conflict illustrates not just the mores of nineteenth-century courtship but in addition the trouble of adjustment that many accomplice warfare veterans faced. unfortunately, Wragg’s existence was once lower brief after he grew to become a winning general practitioner in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue by means of influential voters avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle deals an exceptional examine how the Civil conflict affected the gentry category of the South. It provides readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of lifestyles in the course of and after the warfare, in addition to into the struggles of the final society.
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He sought to convince them that it was a matter of honor to fight. As early as September 1860, Bartow defiantly declared: “If the storm is to come, and it seems to me as though it must, be its fury ever so great, I court it now in the day of my vigor and strength. . ”7 On December 21, 1860, a day after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the General Assembly of Georgia approved an act stating that “the present crisis in our national affairs . . ” They would transfer their allegiance from the “once Glorious Stars and Stripes,” as Private Wragg referred to our nation’s flag, to the flag of the Confederacy.
Capt West just handed me your letter of the 29th. I was very glad to hear from you as I had not received a letter from home since the fight. You can send me any thing that you think will keep such as a ham or smoked beef, sardines and things like that. do you think that you could send a watermelon. I saw several in one of the companies that came from Georgia, if you send me any thing do send it in a small trunk with a lock & key. you can send the key in a bundle of news papers or a letter the trunk will be of service to me in carrying my cloths, send me some sugar and coffee.
You may think it strange that I did not telegraph to you soon [after] the battle. I went to the Junction to do so but could not get one cent for love or money. I then wrote a letter and sent it as soon as possible. 4 There is no news here. We don’t know when we will move all the sick and wounded have been sent to Richmond. There are several gentlemen here from Savannah. If possible send me a box of eatables as I can’t buy any thing here. Tell Jesse [sister] I will write as soon as I can. Love to all.