Thomas F. Wright

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Thomas Forster Wright (1829–1872) was an officer during the American Civil War. He served in the 2nd California Cavalry Regiment, 6th California Infantry Regiment, 1861–1864, Colonel of the 2nd California Infantry Regiment, October 1865 to May 1866.[1] He was the son of General George Wright.[2]

While commanding the 2nd California Infantry Regiment in 1865, he oversaw the construction of Camp Grant, Arizona Territory at the confluence of Aravaipa Creek and the San Pedro River, which was briefly known as Camp Wright.

After the Civil War he returned to the rank of First Lieutenant and remained in the army for service in the Indian Campaigns. During the Modoc War, while Lieutenant Wright was serving as an officer with the U.S. 12th Infantry Regiment on April 26, 1873, he and some of his men were ambushed and killed by Modoc Indians.[3]

Wright's body was interred in Sacramento Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento, California.[2]

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  1. ^ Records of California men in the war of the rebellion 1861 to 1867 By California. Adjutant General's Office, SACRAMENTO: State Office, J. D. Young, Supt. State Printing. 1890. pp. 418-504
  2. ^ a b "Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Burial Index" (PDF). Old City Cemetery Committee. 2005. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Battle vs the Modocs Archived August 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.