A Confederate Chronicle: The Life of a Civil War Survivor by Pamela Chase Hain

By Pamela Chase Hain

 A accomplice Chronicle provides the outstanding lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and army and persevered incarceration as a prisoner of warfare. After the struggle, he undertook a sequence of jobs, ultimately changing into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly inspiration he was once protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his relations, associates, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval laptop and newspaper articles, to provide readers direct perception into his lifestyles and the lives of these round him.            The son of a revered Savannah health care professional, Wragg used to be 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 normal 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 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 pc additionally presents facts of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” ahead of the single verified at the James River at the CSS Patrick Henry.            The team of the unlucky Atlantawas captured at the ship’s maiden voyage, and facts within the Wragg kin papers indicates the trap was once no longer the results of undesirable good fortune, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to castle 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 was once minimize brief after he grew to become a profitable medical professional in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue through influential voters avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle deals an extraordinary examine how the Civil battle affected the gentry category of the South. It offers readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of existence in the course of and after the struggle, in addition to into the struggles of the final society.

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You can expect stirring news from here soon. I must stop. L. Wragg. It is pouring rain and our tents and blankets soaked. I wrote some time ago to tell you that I received the paper but no money. Tom July 13. Brigadier General Robert S. 34 He is the first general of either side to die in battle. The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry 33 July 17. U. S. Gen. **37 Private Thomas Wragg writes from Winchester, but completes his letter on Saturday, July 20, at Manassas Junction. Wragg says that the enemy is about seven miles from them and advancing in three columns—from Romney, from Martinsburg, and Harpers Ferry—and are attempting to outflank the Confederates.

One or two of the boys have received small trunks with eatibles from home. cant you send me a small one with a ham and some smoked beef and different things that will keep. The trunk will do to carry my cloths in. You can send it by express to the Care Capt West 8th Geo Regiment at Manassas. It is quite warm here in the day but very pleasant at night. The corn is just commencing to tassel and the apples to ripen. It was reported here the other day that the northerners were evacuating Arlington Heights.

Your afft brother, Wm T. Wragg. Dr. ” Such was the rhetoric of the day. His own bombastic language echoes that of Francis Bartow, Bishop Elliot, and other respected leaders in Savannah before the war. Meanwhile, Thomas Wragg underwent a transformation of spirit. In Harpers Ferry, at “Camp Defiance,” army life was an adventure. Wragg could spend hours writing to his “gal” on the beauty of the view from Bolivar Heights and enjoy the excitement of discovering John Brown’s cave, collecting a rock to send to his admired brother Mac and leaving a little of himself by carving his initial and that of his girlfriend on the walls of the cave.

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