Henry Lawson Wyatt Monument

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First at Bethel, Capitol Square, Raleigh, N.C.

Henry Lawson Wyatt Monument
Raleigh
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/108

Description: A bronze statue atop a granite base depicts Henry Lawson Wyatt, the first Confederate soldier to die in battle. The statue shows Wyatt walking into battle seemingly with purpose. The monument is intended as a memorial to all Confederate soldiers. The Gorham Manufacturing Company, one of the leading art foundries in the country, cast the monument.


Images:
Contemporary front view |
Front inscription |
Rare view |
Rear inscription |
Base inscription


Nickname: First at Bethel

Inscription:
Front: HENRY LAWSON WYATT / PRIVATE CO. A / BETHEL REGIMENT /
NORTH CAROLINA VOLUNTEERS / KILLED AT BETHEL CHURCH / JUNE 10, 1861 /
FIRST CONFEDERATE SOLDER | TO FALL IN BATTLE IN THE | WAR BETWEEN THE
STATES.


Rear: WYATT'S COMRADES / IN DASH TO BURN THE HOUSE / GEORGE T.
WILLIAMS / JOHN H. THORPE / ROBERT H. RICKS / ROBERT H. BRADLEY / THOMAS
FALLON / ERECTED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA | DIVISION, UNITED DAUGHTERS | OF
THE CONFEDERACY. / JUNE 10, 1912


Base, east face: GORHAM. Co. FOUNDERS.


Dedication date: 6/10/1912

Creator: Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor
Gorham Manufacturing Company, Foundry


Materials & Techniques: Granite, bronze

Sponsor: United Daughters of the Confederacy, North Carolina Division

Cost: $4,500.00, R. H. Hicks gave $1000, State Legislature gave $2500.

Unveiling & Dedication: On June 10, 1912, the monument was unveiled with help from Wyatt's nephew. During the ceremony, "Dixie" was played, and rebel yells shouted by those who gathered. An address was given by E. J. Hale, J. Bryan Grimes was master of ceremonies, and Fannie Ransom Williams presented the statue. John A Mitchener (who started the project and served as secretary for the Wyatt Memorial Committee) attended, and Senator L. V. Bassett and Gov. W. W. Kitchen also gave remarks.

Post dedication use: In the fall of 2008 the monument was repaired and cleaned by the conservators from the Borglum Historical Center in South Dakota.

Subject notes: Henry Lawson Wyatt was the first Confederate soldier to die in battle during the Civil War on June 10, 1861. North Carolina Confederates took great pride in the fact that a citizen of the state was the first to surrender his life in the defense of the Confederate nation. After the Civil War, North Carolina Confederates boasted that their state (or rather, its soldiers) had been "First at Bethel, Farthest at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox."

Controversies: Virginia had asserted that they in fact had gone farther at Gettysburg. This monument played a role in an ongoing debate over which state was most loyal, had sacrificed most, and fought harder than any other.


Location: The monument is located in front of the State Capitol building and faces South Salisbury Street.

Landscape: The monument is located on the Capitol Grounds and is surrounded by a walkway for visitors to walk around the entirety of the monument. There are a number of trees nearby as well as a grassy plain behind the monument.

City: Raleigh

County: Wake

Subjects: Civil War,Historic Military Figures

Latitude: 
35.78073
Longitude: 
-78.63962
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