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Wright, Horatio G., 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 Spottsylvania. 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.
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