Wright, Edwin Lewis
Age: 27, credited to Middlesex, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/01/1835, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Chilton Cemetery, Frazee, MN
Check the cemetery for location/directions
and other veterans who may be buried there.
(Courtesy of Gary Wright)
EDWIN L. WRIGHT volunteered from the town of Middlesex, Vermont, and counted on its quota. Enrolled in Company C, in August, 1862, at the age of 27. He had duly considered the subject since the firing on Fort Sumter and keenly felt it a personal duty to join the army, and as soon as President Lincoln made his urgent call of August 4th for 300,000 men for nine months, hesitated no longer, made as far as he could all arrangements to provide for the future in ease he did not return. The second Bull Run battle had been fought and General Lee had invaded Maryland on his way to capture Washington. There was occasion for serious apprehension and President Lincoln and his cabinet were doing their utmost to summon troops to Washington to defend the Capitol City from capture. It was thought 300,000 with those in the field would suddenly subdue the rebellious enemy and enforce peace. Under this call five Vermont regiments were quickly enrolled and equipped and sent to Washington. The 13th Regiment was one and within 60 days was recruited and on the outer picket line near Bull Run battlefield doing picket duty as full fledged soldiers. Enlistment at this time was slow for the war cloud hung over the land dark and foreboding. Thousands had been slain in battle and thousands had succumbed to disease. Only the brave came forward under this call and hence the ,12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th regiments were made up from the best material in Vermont. Comrade Wright realized the situation, left home and family that he might aid iu~the suppression of rebellion and save the Union. He was of the type that was ready to fight for the right. He was in deed a faithful and valiant soldier and acquitted himself with much credit, received an honorable discharge and returned to his home very proud of the fact that he had assisted in defending home and country. Comrade Wright moved West and died at Anamoose, North Dakota, June 7, 1901.