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Henry C. Wright
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1843
Clinton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1897

Military service: On 5/2/1864 Henry enlisted and was mustered into Company H, 149th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a Private on 2 May 1864. He was mustered out 30 Aug 1864 at Camp Dennison, OH. On ______ he transferred from Company H to Company G.

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Affidavit re Battle of Monocacy Junction and capture: In Henry's pension file at the National Archives there is an affidavit from Henry, then age 44, then a resident of Hillsboro, Highland Co, OH, in which he described his service as a Private in Co. G, 149th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The affidavit is dated 18 April 1887. It says [spellings as in the original],

"I was with my co in the fight at or near the stone Bridge at Monocacy Junction on the 9" day of July 1864 the day was very hot and along about the middle of the afternoon just as the Rebles had gained an advantagious position and was raking us with a deadly crossfire and in our exertion to dislodge them I remember of having all of a sudent a terable pain in my Head with a stunning sensation and of falling is all I can remember for some time but was told by comerads that I was carried off the field for dead when I recovered consciousness I was laying by the Pike near the stone bridge and found the Regiment falling back towards the Bridge I picked up a gunn laying near me and joined them and on the bridge and had a despearate fight what our Regiment passed through at that time I refer goes to Ohio in the war by Whitelow Road we were badly whiped and entirely surrounded and Regiment being sacrafised to save the 8" Army corps ____ are staid under fire untill we were ordered to break ____ ____ and every man take care of himself in my feable condition not being able to make much of an effort to get away I was taken Prisoner and robbed of nearly all of my clothing with scarcely anything to eat with a bayonet at my back for a purswader we marched south west for several days it became unbearable and I determined to get away and in the effort to do so was sucessfull the next morning the Rebs were attacked by our forces and I soon got in our lines but was soon taken with pain in my head attends with high feavor and delirous and when I regained consciousness again I was in Armory Square Hospital Washington D.C. I was discharged the latter part of August 1864 in a very bad state of health troubled with my Heart Stomach Lungs + Hearing from which I have never recovered so as to be able to do a single day's work of hard manual labor since discharge and at least one fifth of the time not able to get out to see to do any thing and have been for six month at a time that i required a nurse I have got so bad in the last few months that I dare not ride out alone as I have this _____ with my heart so often the slightest exertion will bring on simptoms of an attack I cannot assend a pair of stairs at an ordinary gate without stopping to rest every three or four steps ____ since the affect of sun stroke mentioned ____ I have been hard of hearing which has been and is now a source of great annoyance and inconvenience __ a great more so than it would have been had I been able to have made a living _ manual labor Dr. John Quinn first doctored me for my hearing when I first returned from the army he said the drums of my ears were all right but that it was paralisis of the nerves and that I never could be cured and that the less ______ I put in my ears was better for me he had me use electricity which benefitted a little Dr. Quinn being dead and taking his advice sent to __ ____ is the reason I am unable to furnish medical testimony in regard to that all the members of our co I saw after I was taken prisoner untill my escape died in Andersonville Prison and after my escape I never saw but one officer and three or four members of the company untill the date of discharge the officer I saw was Lieut Col Owen West who has already made an affidavit in the case those are the reasons for my not being able to furnish some of the other testimony called for."

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Society of Friends: Henry was a birthright Quaker -- belonging first to Fairfield Monthly Meeting [MM] in Ohio. He and his parents were granted a certificate from Fairfield MM to Clear Creek MM on 21 Apr 1849, when he was 5 years old. He continued to be affiliated with Clear Creek MM until 12 May 1866, when he was 22 and recently married to Sarah Martha "Mattie" Jones, and he was condemned for marrying contrary to discipline by the meeting. Despite the condemnation, it wasn't until 23 Oct 1877 that he was "released on request" by Clear Creek MM.

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Wives: Henry married Sarah Martha "Mattie" Jones on 19 Jan 1866 in Highland Co, OH. He married Jennie [Cox?] abt 1887. He married Belle [Spring?] on 5 Mar 1891 in Brown Co, OH. He married Marie D. Harshbarger [also known as Dora Maria Harshbarger] on 14 Dec 1896 in Hillsboro, Highland Co, OH. [Marie survived Henry, and she married (2nd) John Torrie.]

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Probable middle name: Henry's mother's maiden name was Cowgill, and Henry's eldest sister's middle name was Cowgill, so Cowgill was probably his middle name too.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Wright (1812 - 1907)
  Lydia Cowgill Wright (1815 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Dora Marie Harshbarger Torrie (1869 - 1943)
 
 Children:
  Alonzo H Wright (1866 - 1937)*
  Harriett Lydia Wright Ward (1870 - 1930)*
  Louise Wright (1871 - 1878)*
  Elsie Mary Wright Vaughan (1874 - 1902)*
  Frederick Crawford Wright (1877 - 1941)*
  Nellie May Wright Foutz (1884 - 1973)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lindley Murray Wright (1842 - 1848)*
  Henry C. Wright (1843 - 1897)
  Ellen Cowgill Wright (1846 - 1937)*
  David Sands Wright (1847 - 1931)*
  Jonathan Barrett Wright (1850 - 1916)*
  Elwood Wright (1852 - 1903)*
  Emma Wright Hale (1856 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Market Baptist Church Cemetery
New Market
Highland County
Ohio, USA
 
Maintained by: Jay Wright
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Apr 16, 2007
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Henry C. Wright
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 Added: Jan. 27, 2015

- Jay Wright
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Honoring Henry on today's 150th anniversary of his capture at the Battle of Monocacy.
- Jay Wright
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
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