James River Squadron to Semmes's Brigade
But the moment the news of Lee's surrender reached "Johnston",
there was a stampede from his army. It melted away like a hillock of
snow before the sunshine.
Admiral Raphael Semmes, C.S.N.
Paroled at Fort Warren in September and exchanged in October 1864, Wragg was next assigned to Battery Semmes with the James River Squadron in Virginia until November 13, 1864 (see Map 7). He was made "Master, not in line for promotion in the Provisional Navy" on June 2, 1864, while still in prison. From November 1864 until the end of the war, he served with the crews of both the CSS Fredericksburg and the CSS Richmond. Wragg was exchanged with the Atlanta's officers, including William A. Webb, his former commander, who immediately was made commander of the CSS Richmond with the James River Squadron. Lieutenant Read was also exchanged and assigned to Battery Wood.1
When Wragg arrived, after spending sixteen months in prison, he had