Contributed by: Orval Wright
Doctor Joshua Wright was the seventh son of Moses and Elizabeth Prewit Wright of No. 11 Township, Cleveland County, North Carolina. Following a Scottish naming custom, which called for a seventh son to be given a title, Moses and Elizabeth gave him the title "Doctor". Joshua was born in what would soon become Cleveland County on April 15, 1841. He married Ruth Hoyle on May 1, 1862. Soon after on August 16, 1862, he and an older brother, John Wright, were transcripted into Company I , 48th NC Regiment. Joshua likely fought at Harper's Ferry in Maryland on Sept 15. On the morning of September 17, his unit came under heavy attack by the forces of the Northern General McClellan at Sharpsburg, Va. . Joshua was reported wounded in this attack. His military records indicate that he died of these wounds and of Typhoid Fever on Dec. 1, 1862. A claim filed by his widow, Ruth, indicated that he died at home. In is likely that after Joshua was wounded , he contacted Typhoid fever and was sent home where he died. A WPA survey of the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery show that Joshua was buried there. Over time, this marker disappeared. However, this writer had a new Confedrate Veterans Marker recently installed. It appears that he and Ruth had no children in this short marriage.