Horatio Wright
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1820
Date of Death: 1899
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Engineer, Author of Non-Fiction, Educator
Military Branch: Union

Army (1841–1884)

Fictional Appearances:
"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct POV

Horatio Gouverneur Wright (March 6, 1820 – July 2, 1899) was an engineer and general in the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Horatio Wright in "Must and Shall"

Horatio Wright was dispatched to Washington City to defend against Confederate General Jubal Early's raid on July 11–12, 1864, commanding the Washington Emergency Defense Force, consisting of the VI, VIII, and XIX Corps. During the defense of Fort Stevens, he gained notoriety by inviting President Abraham Lincoln to join him on a parapet exposed to enemy fire. As the two men were preparing to leave the parapet, Lincoln was felled by a sharpshooter's bullet.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pg. 55-57.