A Confederate Chronicle: The Life of a Civil War Survivor

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Naval Notebook, on Board the
CSS Georgia, Savannah Squadron
1863

In preparing a ship and disciplining the crew for service, fitness of
battery, skill in its use, and preservation of the military stores, are
regarded as objects of paramount importance for although in other
respects well provided, clean and neatly rigged, and with an active
crew, if the battery be imperfect in its construction, condition or
appointments, or if through carelessness or false estimate of its im-
portance the instruction and exercise are either of them neglected, so
that her gunnery is ineffective, the ship will imperfectly fulfill the
chief purpose of her employment, be at best but an expensive pageant,
and prove really as harmless as a great scarecrow.

J. H. Ward in Thomas L. Wragg's notebook

Thomas Wragg received his appointment to the Confederate Navy in his hometown, Savannah, Georgia, and was assigned to the Savannah River Squadron at Fort Jackson, located fifteen miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. On December 25, 1862, he became a master's mate and

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