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Confederate (CSV)


William J. Wright

(c. 1832 - 1862)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 53rd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Newton County, he mustered as Private, Company E, 53rd Georgia Infantry on 12 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds at a US Army field hospital near Sharpsburg on 20 September 1862 and was originally buried "on west side of Mayer's old graveyard."

After the War

He was probably reinterred in the Washington Confederate Cemetery in Hagerstown in about 1874.

References & notes

Burial information from Pruett.1 His service from the Roster 2 and his Compiled Service Records, US National Archives, online via fold3. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

His widow "Mrs. R.E. Wright" filed a claim for his back pay in January 1863.


c. 1832 in GA


09/20/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


1   Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010  [AotW citation 4492]

2   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 19666]