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Ambrose R. Wright

Ambrose Ransom Wright
Nickname(s) "Rans"
Born (1826-04-26)April 26, 1826
Louisville, Georgia
Died December 21, 1872(1872-12-21) (aged 46)
Augusta, Georgia
Place of burial City Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
 Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861–65
Rank Brigadier General (CSA)
Battles/wars American Civil War

Ambrose Ransom Wright (April 26, 1826 – December 21, 1872) was a lawyer, Confederate general in the American Civil War.


  • Early life 1
  • Civil War 2
  • Postbellum career 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Early life

Wright, known by the nickname "Rans", was born in United States Congress. He was a presidential elector for Millard Fillmore in 1856, a supporter of Bell and Everett in 1860, and a Georgia commissioner to Maryland in 1861.

Civil War

At the start of the Civil War, Wright enlisted as a private in Georgia Militia, but he was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Georgia Infantry on May 18, 1861, and served in North Carolina and Georgia until the summer of 1862 and won a victory for the Confederacy at the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days Battles to the Siege of Petersburg. He was badly wounded at the Battle of Antietam in 1862 and at Chancellorsville in 1863. At the Battle of Gettysburg, Wright's brigade, part of Maj. Gen. Richard H. Anderson's division of Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Corps, had the distinction of penetrating the farthest into the Union defenses on Cemetery Ridge on July 2, 1863. As of November 26, 1864, Wright was named major general on a temporary commission (which was not made permanent) and ordered to Georgia, where he exercised command until the end of the war.

Postbellum career

In 1863, Wright 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 & Sentinel newspaper in 1866, and, in 1871, was defeated for the Alexander Stephens was elected his successor. General Wright is buried in Magnolia Cemetery (formerly City Cemetery), Augusta.

See also


  • Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher. Civil War High Commands. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
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