Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1829, New York,
N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
board the U.S.S. Cayuga during the capture of Forts St. Philip and Jackson
and the taking of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. As his ship led the
advance column toward the barrier and both forts opened fire simultaneously,
striking the vessel from stem to stern Wright conscientiously performed
his duties throughout the action in which attempts by 3 rebel steamers
to butt and board were repelled, and the ships driven off or forced to
surrender. Eleven gunboats were successfully engaged and the enemy garrisons
captured during this battle in which the Cayuga sustained 46 hits.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)