Gilbert Wright


The nineteen to twenty-two-year-old author of the letters that follow was destined, after the Civil War, to become a distinguished citizen of his native state. His death in 1908 was mourned by many hundreds “in all walks of life.” He had been active for more than forty years in the railroad enterprise, so important to the development of Florida. His rise in a few decades from clerk to first vice president in the Florida railroad world gave evidence that he possessed qualities for leadership. One may perceive, without reading between the lines, that the young soldier had these qualities.