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Samuel Cole Wright

Samuel Cole Wright

Male 1842 - 1906  (63 years)

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  • Name Samuel Cole Wright 
    Born 29 Sep 1842  Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1855  Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Winslow Wright, 53, farmer, born in Massachusetts. Mary Wright, 52, born in Massachusetts. Mary J. Wright, 27, born in Massachusetts. Nathaniel T. Wright, 20, shoemaker, born in Massachusetts. Lydia A. Wright, 21, born in Massachusetts. Abby W. Wright, 18, born in Massachusetts. William H. H. Wright, 15, born in Massachusetts. Samuel C. Wright, 13, born in Massachusetts. Charles M. Wright, 10, born in Massachusetts. Martha E. Wright, 7, born in Massachusetts. John Loring, 78, born in Massachusetts.
    Military 17 Sep 1862  Antietam, Washington, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Congressional Medal of Honor - Civil War 

    • The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private «b»Samuel Cole Wright,«/b» United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 17 September 1862, while serving with Company E, 29th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Antietam, Maryland. Private Wright voluntarily advanced under a destructive fire and removed a fence which would have impeded a contemplated charge.
      General Orders: Date of Issue: January 29, 1896

      Action Date: September 17, 1862

      Service: Army
      Rank: Private
      Company: Company E
      Division: 29th Massachusetts Infantry
    Census 1880  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Samuel C. Wright, 37, in custom house, born in Massachusetts. Mary Wright, 38, born in Massachusetts. Mary D. Wright, 5, born in Massachusetts.
    _UID 693633EACFBD47708E28D89393B881503C2C 
    Buried Jul 1906  Oak Grove and Vine Hills Cemeteries, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Jul 1906  Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • Samuel Cole Wright (September 29, 1842 ? July 6, 1906) was a sergeant in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

      Wright served with the 29th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, participated in 30 battles, was wounded five times and twice reported dead. For his actions during the Battle of Antietam he received the Medal of Honor on January 29, 1896.

      Wright initially enlisted as a private in the 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in May 1861 and was transferred to the 29th Massachusetts Infantry when that regiment was formed in December 1861. He participated with the 29th Massachusetts in the Peninsular Campaign during which he was wounded in the head by a shell fragment at the Battle of White Oak Swamp on June 30, 1862.

      During the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, the 29th Massachusetts served with the Irish Brigade. As the brigade advanced on the Confederate position at the so-called "Bloody Lane," their progress was impeded by a split rail fence. Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher, commanding the Irish Brigade, called for volunteers to tear down the fence.

      Years later, Wright described the episode as follows:

      Some 200 yards in advance of our position, which we were holding at a terrible cost, was a fence built high and strong. The troops in advance had tried to scale the fence and reform under that hell of fire. They were actually torn in shreds and wedged into the fence. The cry came to us for volunteers to pull down the fence. Instantly there sprang from the long line, fast being shortened as the ranks closed up over the dead, seventy-six volunteers. We ran straight for the fence amid a hail of iron and lead, the dead falling all about us, but to reach the fence was our only thought. A part of the force reached it, and, as one would grasp a rail it would be sent flying out of his hands by rifle-shots. The fence leveled, we made the attempt to return, and it was as hot for us on the retreat, as it had been on the advance. Few escaped death or wounds. I had almost regained my regiment, when I was hit. The line then successfully pressed on, and the 'Sunken Road,' or ' Bloody Lane,' as it is now known, was within our lines.

      Wright was shot in the left knee during this engagement but refused to be removed from the field. For his actions during the Battle of Antietam, Wright was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1896.

      In October 1863, Wright was run down by a mule team but recovered from his wounds. He was shot in the left arm during the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 2, 1864. During the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, he was shot through the right eye and left for dead. He recovered, however, and the bullet was removed from the back of his head. He kept the bullet as a reminder of his brush with death.

      Wright received two battlefield promotions and was mustered out with the rank of sergeant on February 3, 1865.

      After the war, Wright became a storekeeper in Plympton, Massachusetts and also worked in the United States Customs office in Boston, Massachusetts. Active with various veterans organizations, Wright was designated a national color bearer by the Union Veterans Union and served on the command staff of the Massachusetts department of the Grand Army of the Republic. He also served on the executive committee of the 29th Massachusetts Regimental Association and worked through that organization to preserve portraits and photographs of members of the regiment.

      Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Cole_Wright. Creative Commons SA License

    • Life of Samuel Cole Wright - American Medal of Honor Recipient.

      Samuel Cole Wright (September 29, 1842 ? July 6, 1906) was a sergeant in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

      Wright served with the 29th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, participated in 30 battles, was wounded five times and twice reported dead. For his actions during the Battle of Antietam he received the Medal of Honor on January 29, 1896.

      Wright initially enlisted as a private in the 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in May 1861 and was transferred to the 29th Massachusetts Infantry when that regiment was formed in December 1861. He participated with the 29th Massachusetts in the Peninsular Campaign during which he was wounded in the head by a shell fragment at the Battle of White Oak Swamp on June 30, 1862.

      During the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, the 29th Massachusetts served with the Irish Brigade. As the brigade advanced on the Confederate position at the so-called "Bloody Lane," their progress was impeded by a split rail fence. Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher, commanding the Irish Brigade, called for volunteers to tear down the fence.

      Years later, Wright described the episode as follows:

      Some 200 yards in advance of our position, which we were holding at a terrible cost, was a fence built high and strong. The troops in advance had tried to scale the fence and reform under that hell of fire. They were actually torn in shreds and wedged into the fence. The cry came to us for volunteers to pull down the fence. Instantly there sprang from the long line, fast being shortened as the ranks closed up over the dead, seventy-six volunteers. We ran straight for the fence amid a hail of iron and lead, the dead falling all about us, but to reach the fence was our only thought. A part of the force reached it, and, as one would grasp a rail it would be sent flying out of his hands by rifle-shots. The fence leveled, we made the attempt to return, and it was as hot for us on the retreat, as it had been on the advance. Few escaped death or wounds. I had almost regained my regiment, when I was hit. The line then successfully pressed on, and the 'Sunken Road,' or ' Bloody Lane,' as it is now known, was within our lines.

      Wright was shot in the left knee during this engagement but refused to be removed from the field. For his actions during the Battle of Antietam, Wright was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1896.

      In October 1863, Wright was run down by a mule team but recovered from his wounds. He was shot in the left arm during the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 2, 1864. During the Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, he was shot through the right eye and left for dead. He recovered, however, and the bullet was removed from the back of his head. He kept the bullet as a reminder of his brush with death.

      Wright received two battlefield promotions and was mustered out with the rank of sergeant on February 3, 1865.

      After the war, Wright became a storekeeper in Plympton, Massachusetts and also worked in the United States Customs office in Boston, Massachusetts. Active with various veterans organizations, Wright was designated a national color bearer by the Union Veterans Union and served on the command staff of the Massachusetts department of the Grand Army of the Republic. He also served on the executive committee of the 29th Massachusetts Regimental Association and worked through that organization to preserve portraits and photographs of members of the regiment.

      Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Cole_Wright. Creative Commons SA License
    Person ID I64468113  7_families
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2014 

    Father Winslow Wright,   b. 18 Nov 1802, Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary Cole,   b. 20 Nov 1803, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 Oct 1827  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F30725709  Group Sheet

    Family Mary E. Nickerson,   b. 7 Jun 1842, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1918, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1870  , Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Dresser Wright,   b. 21 May 1875, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1948, , , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2013 
    Family ID F30762081  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Sep 1842 - Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jul 1906 - Oak Grove and Vine Hills Cemeteries, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1798273] Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915, State of Massachusetts, ( https://www.familysearch.org).

      Name: «b»Samuel Cole Wright«/b»
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: 29 Sep 1842
      Birthplace: PLYMPTON,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS
      Father's Name: Winslow Wright
      Mother's Name: Mary Cole
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50123-1
      System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM
      GS Film number: 0874028 IT 2

    2. [S1798582] Massachusetts Births, 1841 - 1915, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ( www.familysearch.org).

      Name:«b» Samuel Cole Wright«/b»
      Event Type: Birth
      Event Date: 29 Sep 1842
      Event Place: Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
      Father's Name: Winslow Wright
      Mother's Name: Mary
      Reference ID: p 91
      GS Film number: 1420528
      Digital Folder Number: 4220465
      Image Number: 85

    3. [S1799791] Massachusetts, Plymouth, Plympton - 1855 - Massachusetts State Census, Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, (www.ancestry.com).

    4. [S1799792] Military Times, Military Times - A Gannett Company, ( http://projects.militarytimes.com/),
      Samuel Cole Wright Congressional Medal of Honor Award and Citation with full detail - http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=2846 (Reliability: 4).

    5. [S1794623] Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston - 1880 - Federal Census, Massachusetts, Suffolk, Boston, (www.familysearch.org).

    6. [S1798321] Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, State of Massachusetts, ( https://www.familysearch.org).

      Name: «b»Samuel C Wright«/b»
      Event Type: Death
      Event Date: 06 Jul 1906
      Event Place: Plympton,,Massachusetts
      Gender: Male
      Age: 63
      Marital Status: Married
      Birth Date: 1843
      Birthplace: Plympton
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1843
      Father's Name: Winslow Wright
      Mother's Name: Mary Cole
      Reference ID: 331
      GS Film number: 2258476
      Digital Folder Number: 4283005
      Image Number: 01465