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Federal (USV)


Thomas Wright

(1841 - 1918)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 20, he enlisted on Long Island, NY and mustered as a Private in Company D, 42nd New York Infantry on 22 June 1861 and transferred to Company G the next day. He was captured at Ball's Bluff, VA on 21 October 1861, and released in February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on 27 October 1862 and promoted to Captain of Company K on 27 March 1863.

He transferred as Captain to Company A of the 31st Regiment US Colored Troops (USCT) in February 1864. He was wounded in action near Petersburg, VA on 30 July 1864 and was appointed Major of the regiment on 5 October 1864. He mustered out with them at Brownsville, TX on 7 November 1865. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel on 22 June 1867 for his war service.

After the War

By 1880 he was a tobacco dealer in St. Louis, MO and he'd retired there by 1900.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York1 and his Compiled Military Service Records (Volunteer Union soldiers belonging to the 31st through 35th infantry units, organized for service with the United States Colored Troops, National Archives microfilm NARA M1992). Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860,1880, and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Emilie C├ęcile Garrigue (1848-1915) in Brooklyn in March 1869 and they had 5 children.


01/27/1841 in NY


09/26/1918; Saint Louis, MO; burial in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, MO


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 23 (for the year 1900)  [AotW citation 8599]