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By Pamela Chase Hain

 A accomplice Chronicle provides the extraordinary lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and army and continued incarceration as a prisoner of conflict. After the battle, he undertook a chain of jobs, ultimately changing into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly proposal he used to be protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his family members, neighbors, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval workstation and newspaper articles, to offer readers direct perception into his existence and the lives of these round him.            The son of a revered Savannah medical 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 educated at the ironclad CSS Georgia ahead of moving to the CSS Atlanta. Hain makes use of the pc that he saved 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 pc additionally presents proof of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the only validated at the James River at the CSS Patrick Henry.            The staff of the unlucky Atlantawas captured at the ship’s maiden voyage, and facts within the Wragg family members papers indicates the seize used to be now not the results of undesirable good fortune, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to fortress Warren felony in Boston Harbor for fifteen months. Wragg’s POW letters display the isolation and feel of abandonment the prisoners felt as they waited in hopes of an trade. The correspondence among Wragg and his fianc?e, Josie, after the warfare 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 used to be reduce brief after he turned a winning surgeon in Quincy, Florida. Cover-up and intrigue by way of influential electorate avoided Wragg’s spouse from bringing the assassin to justice. A accomplice Chronicle deals an unparalleled examine how the Civil conflict affected the gentry category of the South. It supplies readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of lifestyles in the course of and after the battle, in addition to into the struggles of the overall society.

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Our neighborhood is known to have suffered heavily [in the Battle of Bull Run]. Gen. Bee mortally wounded: Col. B[enjamin] J. 46 Savannah also must be deeply wounded though as yet we do not know the particulars: at least they are not yet known here. The dispatch says just enough to set us all in a fever of anxiety. And such is the state of feeling in this city that the news reports have been crowded all day. The fate of Col. Bartow and the prominent place which his regiment must have held in the fight, as well The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.

37 38 A Confederate Chronicle It seems to have been a gallant fight. Our men have done themselves the credit of veterans. Virginia has nobly wiped away the undeserved imputation that has been thrown out against her. Garlands charge must have been an arcola or chepultepic affair. When is the bluster and swagger of the North to hide its head now. ] Sherman’s battery, the pet of the Army, turned upon themselves. And this too by a charge of bayonets! To what point beyond this can discipline go? Numbers too are of no avail.

I must stop as it is near Dress parade with much Love to all I remain Your brother, T. L. Wragg [rock enclosed] June 13–15. M. Friday the fourteenth they receive rations for three days’ march. Wragg works all night on the fourteenth, from 10:00 until dawn, loading baggage onto the railroad cars on a spur of the Baltimore and 28 A Confederate Chronicle Ohio Railroad. On June 15, Wragg leaves by train with baggage for Winchester. Johnston marches his army out of Harpers Ferry and camps south of Charles Town (where John Brown was hanged).

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