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Benjamin F. Wright Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3475

Benjamin F. Wright wrote this letter describing encounters with Confederate sharpshooters near Bridgeport, Tennessee on March 12, 1864.

Dates

  • 1864 March 12

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Benjamin F. Wright wrote this letter describing encounters with Confederate sharpshooters near Bridgeport, Tennessee on March 12, 1864.

Biographical/Historical Note

During the Civil War, Benjamin F. Wright fought with Company F of the 1st Battalion of the Pioneer Brigade. This unit was formed in 1862 by taking 20 men from each unit fighting in the Army of the Cumberland and consolidating them into a single force. The men selected were talented tradesmen and were assigned to such engineering tasks as building and repairing roads, fortifications, and bridges in order to ensure that soldiers and ordnance could be moved quickly and efficiently. The unit was disbanded in July of 1864 with Pioneers with more than one year remaining to serve being transferred to the 1st Regiment of U.S. Veteran Engineers and all others being sent back to their original units. The 1st Battalion was drawn from the 14th (or center) Corps of the Army of the Cumberland.

No specific biographical information could be found regarding Benjamin F. Wright.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter in February of 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480