Born in Newburgh, New York (February 29, 1784); grew up in Troy; raised a company of volunteers for service against England and was offered a captain's commission in the 13th Infantry (April 1812); distinguished himself at Queenston Heights, where he was wounded (October 13), and was promoted to major (April 1813); brevetted
lieutenant colonel for gallantry at Plattsburgh (September 11, 1814), where he served under Gen.
John Sedgwick's VI Corps, Army of the Potomac (May 1863); took part in the Mine Run clash (November); commanded his division in the Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864); Wright assumed command of the VI Corps upon Sedgwick's death at Spotsylvania (May 9); continued in command at Cold Harbor (June 3-12); Wright received promotion to major general of volunteers and brevetted
colonel of regulars (May 12, 1864); he and the VI Corps were dispatched to Washington to protect the capital from Confederate Jubal Early's raid (July 11-12); he accompanied Gen.
Zachary Taylor at Palo Alto (May 8, 1846) and Resaca de la Palma (May 9), where he was brevetted
1st lieutenant; transferred to Gen.