Henry Wyatt was the Southern first hero in a long war. Wyatt was a Virginia native, but was living in Edgecombe County when the war broke out. The 19-year-old Wyatt volunteered to serve in Company A, 1st North Carolina Volunteers. On June 10, 1861, he was killed at the battle of Big Bethel Church, Virginia. Wyatt was heralded as a hero and given a hero’s burial in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. His tombstone reads "In Memory of the First Confederate Soldier Who Was Killed in Action..."
There are other monuments to Wyatt - one marks the spot where he was struck down, and another graces the grounds of Union Square in Raleigh.
I took this photo in May 2006.