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Horatio G. Wright

Date of Birth:      May 6, 1820
Hometown:         Clinton, CT
Education:           West Point, 1837
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Brigadier General

Date of Death:     July 2, 1899
Place of Death:    Washington, DC
Buried At:           Arlington National Cemetery

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Port Royal, Battle of Secessionville, Gettysburg, Battle of Rappahannock Bridge, Battle of Mine Run, Overland Campaign, Early's Shenandoah Campaign of 1864, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Wright, would be appointed to the Army Corps of Engineers, after graduating second in his class at West Point.  After the outbreak of hostilities, he would become Samuel Heitzelman's chief engineer at First Manassas.  Shortly after being appointed brigadier general, he would lead one of Henry Benham's divisions at the bloody repulse at Secessionville.  After a tour of duty, in the Department of the Ohio, Wright would be brought east, to lead a division of John Sedgwick's VI Corps.  After Sedgwick was killed, at Spotsylvania Court House, then major general, Wright would accede to command of the VI Corps, a position he would hold for the remainder of the Civil War.  When Jubal Early's Army of the Shenandoah approached Washington DC, in the summer of 1864, Ulysses S. Grant would detach Wright's VI Corps to protect Washington DC.  He would lead his corps faithfully through the remainder of the war.  After the Civil War, Wright would manage several river, and harbor projects, and assist in finishing the Washington Monument.

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