Contributed by: Orval Wright
David Wright was the fourth son of Moses and Elizabeth Prewit Wright. He was born on September 15, 1834 in Rutherford, later Cleveland County, North Carolina. As a young man, David moved to Texas with a brother, Nathan Wright. These two young men enlisted in a Texas Ranger Company , the "Frontier Battalion ", on April 14, 1860. Their main job was to range the Red River country in North Texas and guard against Indian attacks from the Indians coming in from the Oklahoma Territory. In his pension papers, David stated that he fought against the Comanche Indians along the Red River in Texas and also into the Oklahoma Territory. He enlisted in the Confederacy in Company C, 2nd Texas Infantry, on August 5, 1862. He was engaged in several battles while part of the Trans Mississippi Dept. of the Confederacy. He was at Vicksburg during the Vicksburg Seige. His records show that he was wounded there and placed in the hospital on July 4, 1863. He was captured by the Union Forces when Vicksburg fell. His records show that he was released , apparently in a prisoner exchange, on July 16, 1863. He continued to fight for the Confederacy, despite signing a statement that he would not take up arms again against the north. On May 26, 1865, the 2nd Texas Infantry surrrended at Galveston, Texas. David returned to his occupation as a farmer and on October 9, 1865, he married a cousin, Arritta "Rita" Wright, in Grayson County, Texas. He entered the Texas Confederate Soldiers Home in Austin, Texas on Dec. 14, 1916. He died there on August 5, 1928 at the age of 94. He received an Indian War Pension of $20 per month which was later increased to $50. An Indigent Soldiers Pension was also granted. Approved in December, 1910, the county tax assessor lists his taxable property as "none". David is buried in the Confederate Field Section at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.