The letters provide the reader with an inside view of the life of an Islip Hamlet resident as a soldier during the most horrible and tragic conflict in our nation’s history. They cover a number of subjects that include news from home. These letters describe many engagements in Virginia and Maryland, including the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in March 1864, as well as the battles of Fredericksburg and Petersburg.

Robert Finnegan, Suffolk County Historical Society Trustee

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Additional Documentation:

WCBS - New York Television Interview
WNBC - New York Television Interview
WJAR - Rhode Island Television Interview
NEWS 12 - Long Island Television Interview
Newsday Article by Brinley Hineman
Providence Journal Article by Jack Perry
Civil War Letters Booklet 1 - 1862
Civil War Letters Booklet 2 - 1863 (Jan-Jun)
Civil War Letters Booklet 3 - 1863 (Jul-Dec)
Civil War Letters Booklet 4 - 1864 (Jan-Jun)
Civil War Letters Booklet 5 - 1864 (Jul-Dec)
Civil War Letters Booklet 6 - 1865
The Preservation Process by Victoria Berger

The Wright letters are owned by the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet. We are pleased to share them for research purposes. They may not be copied without our express permission.  Please send any requests for their use to and include specifically how the material will be used.

Est. 1992 Historical Society of Islip Hamlet