Ambrose Ransom "Rans" Wright

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Ambrose Ransom "Rans" Wright was born on April 26, 1826, at Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia. He read law under the tutelage of Governor and Senator Herschel V. Johnson —who later became his brother-in-law—and was admitted to the bar. He became quite prominent politically, though he ran unsuccessfully for the Georgia legislature and for Congress. He was a Fillmore Elector in 1856. A supporter of Bell and Everett in and Georgia commissioner to Maryland in 1861, he was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Georgia Infantry on May 18, 1860, and served in North Carolina and Georgia until the summer of 1862. He was promoted brigadier on June 3, 1862, and sent to Virginia. Wright's Georgians made a distinguished record in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days battles to the siege of Petersburg, and Wright was badly wounded at Sharpsburg. As of November 26, 1864 Wright was named major general and ordered to Georgia, where he exercised command until the end of the war. In 1863 he had been elected to the Georgia state senate and president of that body in absentia. Resuming his law practice after the termination of hostilities, he purchased the Augusta Chronicle and Sentinel in 1866, and in 1871 was defeated for the Democratic nomination to the U. S. Senate. The following year General Wright was a delegate to both the state and national Democratic conventions and was elected to the national House of Representatives, but died at Augusta, Georgia, December 21, 1872, before taking his seat. At a special election to fill the vacancy Alexander H. Stephens was elected his successor. General Wright is buried in City Cemetery, Augusta.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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