Civil War

Horace Lyman Wright in the 1950 U.S. Census, Brunswick, Maine from

Horace Wright (1818-1864) was a teamster, driving wagons powered by oxen and horses. He continued to use these skills during the Civil War as a wagoner for Co. H, 10th ME, carrying wounded soldiers off the battlefield. He was a 2nd Lieutenant when his unit was mustered out in 1863. He died at his Durham home the following year, possibly of typhoid.


To see a battlefield photo of a Civil War ambulance wagon go to: Ambulance


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Horace Lyman Wright, Jr. from, posted by 1_pamelf, 2015

Lyman Wright (1845-1911) was the son of Horace Wright and served in the same unit as his father. While his father was removing the wounded from the battlefield, Lyman was shot. His right arm was blown away and he had a flesh wound through one thigh. He hid in the woods overnight to avoid capture. Once back home in Durham, he became a successful painter and paperhanger.

For a list of Civil War materials in the Maine State Archives go to Civil War Maine.


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James Purington Carr in 1895 from, posted by Jonc19591, 2011


James Purington Carr (1826-1899), a Bowdoinham farmer, served in the Civil War as a musician in Co. K 1st Maine Cavalry, then in Co. H 1st DC Cavalry. He was promoted to full bugler, having memorized some 50 general and skirmish calls used to organize the soldiers’ days and to direct troop movements during battle. Carr would also have served as a messenger, surgical assistant for amputations, and on ambulance crews. He continued to play music after the war, under the nickname Fiddlin’ Jim Carr.


To see the musical notation of 20 United States Armed Forces bugle calls go to:  20 Bugle Calls

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