Confederate Veteran Returns
to Reconstruction Georgia
You know, at that time, the South was ghastly poor! Young men Of
good families were driving street cars & milk wagons….
Pamela McDowall Wragg to Samuel Alston Wragg, 1942
When the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, Thomas Wragg was twenty-two years old. He had no education beyond high school and what he had learned as a soldier and sailor. Wragg returned to Savannah, which had been economically devastated by the war, and moved back to Broughton Street with his father and family. He soon found out that, after four years of war, he was not the same man, and Savannah was not the same town. He could not adjust to life as his father lived. Even during the war, his relationship with his father changed. Early on he called him "Papa," but by the time he was in prison, he called him "father." John Ashby Wragg was a gentle man who cared about his children, yet there was friction between the son and father, similar to that frequently felt by men and women returning from