Henry King Burgwyn

Known as the "Boy Colonel," Burgwyn (the name is pronounced Bur-GWINN) was born on October 3, 1841 in Boston, Massachusetts at the home of his mother's parents. Burgwyn grew up in Northampton County, North Carolina on the family plantation, Thornberry. He graduated from VMI as a member of the class of 1861. In August, he became the lieutenant colonel of the 26th North Carolina Regiment. He became the colonel in August 1862. When his regiment joined the Army of Northern Virginia he was thought to be the youngest colonel to have served to that point with the Army.

In fierce fighting against the Union's crack Iron Brigade on the afternoon of July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, Burgwyn was shot through both lungs and mortally wounded carrying his regiment's colors. He died soon after and was buried on the field. His mother later had his body exhumed and in 1867 he was laid to rest in Raleigh's Oakwood Cemetery.

In 1998, a 406-page biography by Archie Davis titled Boy Colonel of the Confederacy: The Life and Times of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. was published.