Friday, September 13, 2013

NC's First, Farthest and Last-- Part 1

From the Encyclopedia of North Carolina "First at Bethel, Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox" is a traditional saying in North Carolina honoring the gallantry and honor brought to the state by its soldiers. Personally, I always heard it as "First at Bethel, Farthest at Gettysburg and Last at Appomattox." /// It was coined by Editor Walter Clark, later chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, as early as 1901. /// The initial three words "First at Bethel" holds a double meaning. The First Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers was instrumental in winning a Confederate victory at Bethel, Virginia, on June 10, 1861, the first land battle of the war and a Confederate victory. /// In addition, Tarboro resident Henry Lawson Wyatt became the first Confederate soldier to die in the war. /// The First NC later became the 11th NC which I have been writing a lot about in connection to its colonel, Collett Leventhorpe and its role at Gettysburg. "Farthest at Gettysburg" Next. ---Old Secesh

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