Last Shot in the Civil War

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The last shot in the Civil War was on May 7, 1865 at Waynesville, North Carolina, by Colonel William H. Thomas of the 69th North Carolina State Troops. He fatally wounded a Federal soldier name “Arrowwood” from Iowa. He was buried in Asheville. The last Confederate soldier killed in the war was killed on May 6th from Thomas’s unit.


Guiney Station, Virginia, May 10, 1863 – In a small three-room house here this evening, one of the great military leaders of the age died. Respected in the North and idolized throughout the Confederacy, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, the great “Stonewall,” passed on. With him at the time was his wife and young daughter.

Jackson died of wounds received at the Battle of Chancellorsville last week complicated by his contraction of pneumonia. He was wounded in the confusion of the battle when a regiment of his own command mistook his staff for a Union cavalry patrol and opened fire.

The general took three musket wounds in his left arm which was amputated the following day. He was thought to be recovering this week, doctors were optimistic until day before yesterday when it was discovered he had contracted pneumonia.

General Jackson was told there was no hope for him. High fever today made him delirious. In his final moments his mind still was concerned with his troops and battle plans. In his delirium this evening, he issued his last command: “Tell A.P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front.” Then he became quieter and said: “Let us cross over the river and rest in the shade of the trees.”

Note: It is believed that a young North Carolina soldier from Sampson County was the one who fired the shots.