John Wright

Contributed by: Orval Wright

John Wright was the first son of Moses and Elizabeth Prewit Wright of TWP 
11 of Cleveland County, North Carolina. 

He was born in what was then Rutherford County on July 6, 1828. He married 
Susan Hoyle about 1845. She was a daughter of Absalom Hoyle and Mary 
Chapman.They became the parents of nine children.

On August 16, 1862, John was conscripted into the 48th NC Regiment, 
Company I. His younger brother, Doctor Joshua Wright ,  was drafted into 
the same unit. 

According to a company commander of the 48th, these men had little time 
to train and were sent directly into battle. This unit took part in the capture 
of Harper's Ferry on Sept. 15, 1862. They were heavily involved in the battle 
at Sharpsburg, Va where his younger brother, Joshua, was wounded.

The next battle was the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 
1862. In this battle, John was severely wounded in the head. HIs military 
record  says that he died from this wound on December 18, 1862.

John was 34 years old and he  left his wife and nine children.

He was buried in an unknown grave.  Perhaps he lies in one of the many 
unmarked graves at the Confederate Cemetery in Fredericksburg.

A memorial marker for John was recently erected at the Antioch Cemetery 
in Burke Co. NC near where he lived and  where his wife, Susan , is buried.

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