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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Navy

Edward Wright

  • Rank: Quartermaster
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Cayuga
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 24 - 25, 1862
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Forts Jackson & St. Philip and New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
On board the U.S.S. Cayuga during the capture of Forts St. Philip and Jackson and the taking of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. As his ship led the advance column toward the barrier and both forts opened fire simultaneously, striking the vessel from stem to stern, Wright conscientiously performed his duties throughout the action in which the attempts of three rebel steamers to butt and board were repelled, and the ships driven off or forced to surrender. Eleven gunboats were successfully engaged and garrisons captured during this battle in which the Cayuga sustained 46 hits.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: 1829, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: February 17, 1901, New York, NY, United States
  • Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery (MH) (25-1), Kew Gardens, NY, United States

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