Marcus Joseph Wright papers, 1792-1945.

Creator: Wright, Marcus Joseph, 1831-1922.
Collection number: 1044
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Abstract: Marcus Joseph Wright, Confederate brigadier general and military historian, worked for 30 years, beginning in 1878, as agent of the U.S. War Department charged with collecting and compiling official Confederate army records. The collection includes correspondence, early memoirs, and other papers of Wright. Included is post-Civil War correspondence with ex-Confederate leaders concerning military history, his work, and various publications. Also included are letters, 1831-1860, of Wright’s father-in-law, planter and politican John W. Womack of Eutaw, Green County, Ala., to his brother Jacob Lewis Womack, planter of Ridgeville, Butler County, Ala., concerning family matters, cotton planting, the Alabama legislature, and the coming war. There are also papers, 1929-1945, of Wright’s son, Howard P. Wright, that deal chiefly with his father and Confederate history, as well as genealogical notes on the Wright family of McNairy County, Tenn., and photographs, loose clippings, and scrapbooks of clippings, chiefly relating to Confederate history.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection