of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1829, New York,
N.Y. Accredited To: New York. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
On 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.
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