Contributed by: Orval Wright
Nathan Wright was the fifth son of Moses and Elizabeth Prewit Wright of Cleveland County, North Carolina. He was born April 3, 1837 in then Rutherford County which later became Cleveland County. As a young man, he and a brother, David Wright, came to Texas. Both enlisted in a the Texas Frontier Battalion, a Texas Ranger Co. on April 14, 1860. Along with David, this company ranged the Red River country in North Texas guarding against Comanche Indian attacks from Indians coming over from the Oklahoma Territory. David enlisted in the 6th Texas Calvary on Sept. 10, 1861 at Dallas, Texas, This unit was comprised of many men from Grayson County. The head of this calvary unit was the famous Lawrence Sullivan Ross, also a former Texas Ranger, who rescued a girl, Synthia Ann Parker, from the Comanches. A company muster roll lists Nathan's horse at $120 and his equipment, including a "six shooter " at $20. This unit fought at Vicksburg in 1863, Fighting throughout the South, a regimental history says the 6th Texas Calvary was under fire for 112 consecutive days. The last we hear of Nathan is when he was listed as present at a company muster of Sept./Oct 1863. He is not listed in the estate papers of his father Moses Wright who died in 1867. Nothing else is known of him or where he died. We may assume he was killed or otherwise died while with the 6th Texas Calvary.