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.