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[456] Outside the protection of either government, its helpless and impoverished people were the prey of strolling bands of deserters and robbers. General Wofford went to work vigorously. He called in and organized over 7,000 men, large numbers of them deserters and stragglers; obtained corn and distributed it among the starving people in his own lines, and in a personal conference with General Judah, the Federal commander in North Georgia, obtained that officer's consent to distribute food to the starving people within his lines. At the close of the war General Wofford was elected to Congress. Though refused his seat he presented to Judge Kelly of Pennsylvania the destitute condition of the people of this section of Georgia, and through that gentleman's influence assistance was rendered by the government. He was one of the Greeley electors in the campaign of 1872, and on the Tilden and Hendricks ticket of 1876, and was a member of the Georgia constitutional convention of 1877. During the last part of his life he was a planter near Cassville, Ga.


Major-General Ambrose Ransom Wright

Major-General Ambrose Ransom Wright was born in Louisville, Jefferson county, Ga., in April, 1826. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and soon built up a lucrative practice. In politics he was a Democrat until the rise of the American party. He united with this organization, which in 1860 took the name of the Constitutional Union party, and nominated for the presidency John Bell of Tennessee, and for the vice-presidency Edward Everett of Massachusetts. This ticket Mr. Wright ardently supported, but when the election resulted in raising to the presidency Mr. Lincoln, he at once took ground in favor of secession. After the Georgia convention had decided in favor of that policy, Mr. Wright was sent as commissioner to Maryland, in order to induce the people of that State to join the other Southern States in this action. When the Third Georgia

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