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Wright, William A.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 26, credited to Swanton, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, pr CPL 4/6/63, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 1836, Massachusetts
Death: after 1910

Burial: Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, MO
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 50320812

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/6/1896, MO
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site

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BURIAL:

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Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, MO

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Biography

WILLIAM A. WRIGHT volunteered from the town of Swanton about August 25th, 1862, and became a member of Highgate company at its organization, September 11th. He was at this time 26 years old and a married man, born in Massachusetts, five feet eight inches high, straight, well built, sturdy and strong, physically calculated for hardship and great endurance. He was a comparative stranger to all the boys in the company, not having resided long in Swanton prior to his enlistment. He appeared and acted like a man of good character and intentions, and was at all times a faithful soldier. Was not as social and full of life and fun as Company K boys generally, but was good natured, pleasant, and made no trouble. He was, when in the ranks on inspection or dress parade, a fine looking soldier, neat and clean, attended strictly to business, never lopping and stumbling about or talking when military decorum demanded attention. He was promoted corporal from meritorious considerations. He stood the great march from Camp Carusi, Widow Violet or Occoquan to Gettysburg, Penn., as well as any, and showed fortitude and tenacity and determination to a sublime degree. No one of his company looked to see how exploding shell, the roar and din of battle, the furious charge, the rebel yell, the hand to hand struggle affected him, for none of us expected that he would be overcome with fear or in any manner hesitate to perform the full measure of duty required in battle. Nobly and bravely did he fulfil the expectations of the officers and comrades of his company. Any man who passed through a battle like Gettysburg is entitled ever after to be called valiant and heroic. He was mustered out with the regiment July 21st, 1863, and returned to civil life and was employed by the railroad and lived in St. Albans a few years and then went West, and the last heard from him he was in Springfield, Mo. My letter to him dated March 8th, 1905, was not called for and returned, hence, I have not been able to ascertain if alive.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 751-2