Monument to Wyatt First to die in War. From the News leader, December 30, 1908.Charlottesville progress says he was native of Albemarle County.
Under the lead of the Selma Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, zealously assisted by Captain John A. Mitchener, $844 has been raised for the Wyatt memorial, lacking only $156 of the first thousand needed as a fine beginning to erect in the capitol square in Raleigh, a memorial to Henry W. Wyatt, of Edgecombe county, the first man to give his life for the Southern Confederacy, says the Raleigh (N. C.) Observer. A letter last night states that a gentleman of means has offered to give an additional $1,000 to the fund provided the first $1,000 is raised by Friday, the first day of January. Only $156 must be raised, therefore, within the next three days to insure that the fund will be $2,000 on the first day of the New Year. In a private letter Captain Mitchener said: ‘Now to get this special gift of $1,000, the Daughters of the Confederacy need to raise only $156 more by Friday. Urge them to come to the rescue. The Wyatt monument will then be a certainty and can be unveiled on the tenth day of next June, the forty-eighth anniversary.’ This appeal should meet with instant response. There are at least sixteen chapters of the Daughters who can easily raise $10 each within three days to guarantee the needed $156 by Friday. Let them act at once. Contributions should be sent to Captain John A. Mitchener, Salem, N. C., or if sent to The News and Observer they will be acknowledged in this paper and the money forwarded to Captain Mitchener. Let the money be fully subscribed to-day! The Charlottesville (Va.) Progress says: On the 9th of May, 1906, or it may have been 1905, Governor Glenn, of North Carolina, delivered the address at Appomattox  on the occasion of the dedication of a monument erected on the field of the surrender by the Old North State. The monument bore the following inscription: ‘First at Bethel; farthest at Gettysburg; last at Appomattox,’ and this legend was the theme of Governor Glenn's address. The writer of this editorial happened to be present on the occasion, and after the address was over he sought an occasion to speak upon the subject with the amiable governor, who is portly and good conditioned, with an aldermanic abdomen ‘on good capon lined.’ We told him that although Wyatt, the youth who fell at Big Bethel, the first Confederate killed in actual battle, came to Virginia as a member of a North Carolina company, he was a native of Albemarle county, in this State, and went out with his father's family to the North State when twelve years of age. We then told him that his claim for North Carolina at Gettysburg contradicted the well-established facts of history since all the world knew that Pickett's Virginia division went farthest at Gettysburg, part of it having actually gotten over the stone wall on the crest of the hill. He said that he did not deny that and did not claim that the North Carolinians went farthest to the direct front, but that Pettigrew's North Carolina brigade made a detour to the left and went a greater distance than did Pickett's men. Suppressing our risibles as best we could at “this lame and impotent conclusion,” we then informed him, and, indeed, pointed out to him where the Virginia battery (Poague's, if we are not mistaken) was stationed that fired the last shot at Appomattox. To this he had no reply to make since there is no contradiction of it than can be truthfully made. ‘There is no discount on the gallantry of the North Carolinians in war, but though they were first in many things, they were not in all.’