VERY NICE THREE-QUARTER SEATED VIEW OF MAJOR GENERAL HORATIO WRIGHT OF THE 6TH CORPS

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CDV is of Wright seated in a fringed black chair. He wears a dark double-breasted frock coat with black felt collar and cuffs with major general’s shoulder straps and matching dark trousers. Attached to his left breast is a 6th Corps badge suspended by a ribbon.

Contrast and clarity are excellent. Mount and paper are also very good. Bottom of mount has a period pencil ID of “MAJ. GEN. WRIGHT.”

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for JOHN GOLDIN & CO… WASHINGTON, D.C.

A short published biography states;

“Horatio G. Wright, major-general, was born at Clinton, Conn., March 6, 1820.  He entered the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, in which he was graduated second in the class of 1841 and was appointed to the engineer corps.  In 1842 he was made assistant professor of French at West Point and later appointed professor of engineering.  In 1848 he was made first lieutenant and placed in charge of the construction of forts and improvements in Florida.  After this service he was promoted captain in 1855 and served as assistant chief engineer at Washington until the outbreak of the Civil war.  He superintended the construction of the defenses at Washington and was chief engineer of Heintzelman's Division at the battle of Bull Run, also serving in the same capacity in the Port Royal expedition, which he organized and in recognition of his services was appointed a major of the engineer corps in Aug., 1861.  He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers Sept. 14, 1861, was at the capture of Hilton Head, S. C. commanded the land forces in the Florida campaign of 1862, and was commissioned major-general of volunteers July 18 of that year.

In 1863 he was for a time in command of the Department of the Ohio, and he held the same position in the District of Louisville, Ky., until April, 1863, when he was given charge of a division of the Army of the Potomac in the Pennsylvania and Rapidan campaigns.  For meritorious and gallant services and the capture of Rappahannock Station while in temporary command of the 6th Corps, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and succeeded to the command of that corps upon the death of Gen. Sedgwick, May 9, 1864.  He was promoted colonel for gallant conduct at Spotsylvania.  He was ordered to the defense of Washington when it was thought Gen. Early was about to attack the Federal capital; hastily collected his troops and, in connection with a few regiments of the 19th Corps, lately arrived, he succeeded in forcing the withdrawal of Early.

On March 13, 1865, he received the brevet of brigadier-general, U. S.  A., for gallant and meritorious services at Cold Harbor, and for his conduct at Petersburg he was brevetted major-general, U.  S. A. On Nov. 23, 1865, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel and acted on different engineering boards, being promoted colonel March 4, 1879, and on June 30 of the same year was made chief of engineers with the rank of brigadier-general.  Gen. Wright was retired from active service March 22, 1884, and died July 2, 1899.”

Wright is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.    [ad][ph:L]

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