From July 20, 1865 to August 28, 1866 Wright
commanded the Department of Texas.
On June 30, 1879, he was promoted to Brigadeer General
of the Regular Army and was made Chief of Engineers.
He also served as a member of the Board of Engineers
and over the years, became engaged in such important
engineering projects as the East River Bridge, New York;
the Sutro Tunnel, Nevada; Delaware Breakwater Harbour of
Refuge; the South Pass jetties on the Mississippi and the
completion of the Washington Monument who's construction
had been halted due to the War. He was also active in the
improvement of heavy ordinance and gun carriages.
Wright was retired due to age on March 06, 1884.
His retirement was spent in the peace of his
Washington, DC home, as was his wish, but he found time
to author 'The Report Upon United States Geographical
Surveys West of the Hundredth Meridian' in 1889. He also
continued to attend some GAR functions, but
characteristically shied away from the limelight at these
times. He also made repeated visits to his boyhood home
town of Clinton, CT where he valued his old and dear