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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.8 (search)
Henry Lawson Wyatt. The First Confederate soldier killed in battle. It is somewhat remarkable that North Carolina, which was the last State to leave the Union, should have furnished the first so
who fell in battle for the Lost Cause was to come from North Carolina.
It is not claimed that Wyatt was the first Confederate soldier killed.
Captain John Q. Marr of the Warrenton (Virginia) Volunteers had been shot by pickets on June 1.
This soldier was Henry Lawson Wyatt.
He was born in Richmond, Virginia, February 12, 1842.
His parents were Isham Belcher and Lucinda N. L. Wyatt.
He he Edgecombe Guards of Edgecombe county.
It was organized April 18, 1861, and on that day Henry Lawson Wyatt enlisted in it as a private soldier.
It consisted of eighty-eight privates, nine non and by a house.
Volunteers were called for to burn this house.
Corporal George Williams, Privates Henry L. Wyatt, Thomas Fallon and John H. Thorpe, of Company A, advanced to perform the duty.