A Civil War Biography

Daniel Boone Wright

Wright was born 17 February 1812 near Mount Pleasant in Giles County, Tennessee. After attending the common schools he entered Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee from which he graduated in 1837. He studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1840 after which he established a practice in Ashland, Mississippi. In 1850 he moved his law practice to Salem (Hudsonville), Mississippi where he also was engaged in agriculture. In November of 1852 he was elected to represent Mississippi's 1st district in the US House of Representatives. Reelected in 1854, he served two terms from 4 March 1853 until 3 March 1857. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1856. After leaving Congress he resumed the practice of law, establishing a practice in Ashland, Mississippi.

Once the war erupted Wright helped form the 34th Mississippi infantry regiment which, originally designated the 37th Mississippi, was organized 19 April 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Samuel Benton was named colonel and placed in command. Wright was appointed lieutenant colonel and second in command. The 34th saw its first action on 9 May 1862 at Farmington, Tennessee opposing Union troops commanded by Ulysses S. Grant, as they advanced from Pittsburg Landing towards Corinth, Mississippi. Some sources put the 9 May battle at Farmington, Mississippi. Wright and the 34th then moved with Braxton Bragg's army to Chattanooga, Tennessee and then into Kentucky. Wright was engaged at the 8 October 1862 battle at Perryville, Kentucky. One source says he was wounded at Perryville. There is no reference to Wright's career again until he was appointed colonel of cavalry on 6 June 1864. He would serve the remainder of the war as a judge of military courts in Nathan B. Forrest's cavalry division.

Following the war Wright returned to Ashland and resumed the practice of law. He also did some farming. He died in Ashland on 27 December 1887.

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