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CDV Image of General Horatio Wright, 6th Corp Division Commander at Gettysburg (SOLD)

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This is a great period CDV image of Union General Horatio Wright. General Wright was made commander of the Department of the Ohio in August 1862, and commander of the newly created Army of the Ohio in March 1863. In this command he played a major logistical role in the repulse of Confederate General Braxton Bragg's invasion of Kentucky in 1862.

In May 1863, Wright was given command of the 1st Division in the VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac under Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. His first battle in division command was Gettysburg in July 1863. A monument in Gettysburg (see pictures) states “Army of the Potomac / Sixth Corps / First Division / Brig. General Horatio G. Wright / Casualties Killed 1 Man, Wounded 17 Men, Total 18”.

The 6th Corps saw action at Mine Run in November 1863, and the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5 to May 6, 1864. After General Sedgwick's death at Spotsylvania Court House on May 9, Wright assumed command of the VI Corps, receiving promotion as Major General of Volunteers.

Wright's corps fought at Cold Harbor from June 3 to June 12, 1864. In the Valley Campaigns of 1864, he was dispatched to Washington, D.C., to defend against Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal Early's raid on July 11 and July 12, 1864, commanding the Washington Emergency Defense Force, consisting of the VI, VIII, and XIX Corps.

During the defense of Fort Stevens in Washington, he gained notoriety by inviting President Abraham Lincoln to join him on a parapet exposed to enemy fire. A young staff officer, Oliver Wendell Holmes, is often said to be responsible for yelling at the president to get under cover. In George Thomas Stevens's post-war (1870) history of the VI Corps, Wright related to Thomas that he himself was the person who shouted at the president to get down.

This period CDV is in nice condition, very clear and the card is not trimmed. In the image you see how Wright proudly wears his Sixth Corps badge.

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