The OLI, Company B, and the Eighth
Georgia Infantry from Savannah to Bull Run
Nature seemed in repose. The quiet sun shone down upon the scene
in all its brightest rays. Not a leaf nor blade of grass warned us by a
nod or sigh of the storm soon to rage, a storm where widowed moth-
ers would weep to think their offspring thus rudely dashed to and fro
by heartless brutes with streaming hair and burning brow—soon to
sleep their last sleep in peace.
Thomas L. Wragg, naval notebook
In the spring of 1861, Thomas Wragg was living on Broughton Street in Savannah with his widowed father, Dr. John Ashby Wragg, two of his sisters—Jesse, age sixteen, and Caro, age thirteen—and his brother Ashby, age eleven. Among the Wraggs' neighbors on Broughton were the Branch brothers and their widowed mother, at number 212.1 In May 1861 Thomas Wragg joined Company A of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry (OLI), which later became Company B of the Eighth Georgia Volunteers. John Branch would become the company's adjutant.