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

By Pamela Chase Hain

 A accomplice Chronicle provides the extraordinary lifetime of Thomas L. Wragg, who served in either the accomplice military and military and persisted incarceration as a prisoner of struggle. After the conflict, he undertook a sequence of jobs, finally changing into a doctor. In 1889, he died tragically by the hands of a guy who mistakenly notion he used to be protecting his family’s honor. Pamela Chase Hain makes use of Wragg’s letters domestic to his relatives, buddies, and fianc?e, in addition to his naval computing device and newspaper articles, to provide readers direct perception into his lifestyles and the lives of these round him.            The son of a revered Savannah general practitioner, Wragg was once born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege. A nonconscripted soldier, he left domestic at eighteen to hitch front traces in Virginia. From there, he despatched letters domestic describing the maneuverings of basic 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 military and expert at the ironclad CSS Georgia earlier than shifting to the CSS Atlanta. Hain makes use of the computer 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 offers facts of a fledgling accomplice naval “school” sooner than the single tested at the James River at the CSS Patrick Henry.            The staff of the unlucky Atlantawas captured at the ship’s maiden voyage, and proof within the Wragg kinfolk papers indicates the seize used to be no longer the results of undesirable good fortune, as has been claimed. Wragg and the opposite officials have been despatched to citadel Warren felony in Boston Harbor for fifteen months. Wragg’s POW letters demonstrate the isolation and feel of abandonment the prisoners felt as they waited in hopes of an alternate. 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 lifestyles was once reduce brief after he turned a profitable surgeon 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 unparalleled examine how the Civil conflict affected the gentry category of the South. It offers readers a private view into one man’s fight with the chaos of lifestyles in the course of and after the conflict, in addition to into the struggles of the final society.

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We have about 30,000 men ready for a fight. We heard muskets shooting pretty sharp, about a half hour before breakfast just over the Maryland heights and have since learned that the Kentucky Regiment had a fight with the outposts of the enemy the fireing is kept up all day. we fully expect a fight here tonight. I took a walk in the Cave that old John Brown hid his muskets and amunition it is on the Balt. & Ohio railroad about a 1⁄ 2 mile from my Camp ground we had to take several candles to see our way, there are some large holes in the cave from 50 to 100 feet deep he (Old Brown) had the front of the cave fastened up with rocks.

22 Butter and eggs at 12 1⁄ 2 Dear Mc [brother]: As I have a few minutes to spare I will give you an account of the place as far as I am able. The bridge across the Potomac is underminded with a great deal of powder, as soon as the Yankees attempt to cross it will be blown up we have two batteries of cannon on the Maryland heights, and The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. Map 3. Camp Defiance, Harpers Ferry, June 1861 25 26 A Confederate Chronicle To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.

We staid at camp for 5 or 6 days when we got orders to get ready to move back to Winchester we were glad enough when we heard for you could not get a thing of any sort for love or money and they would not allow any one to The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth Georgia Infantry sell in camp unless they were well known for fear of poisoning the men one man brought eggs and butter every morning it sold at 121⁄ 2 cents per pound and doz. he used to sell 8 or 9 hundred eggs every day. We were allowed to go in swimming in the Potomac every day after drill and we had to wash all of our cloths or go with out as there was no wash woman in the place.

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