Thomas, known to friends and family as "Chiz",  was born about 1845 in Mississippi, according to the 1850 Census for Lauderdale County, MS, where he is listed as a "merchant."  He was married to Eliza at this time, and they had a one-year-old daughter named Anne.

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Thomas C. "Chiz" Wyatt was in the 8th Reg. Inf. Co. E Tallohoma Hard Shells of Jasper County, Mississippi.  He mustered into State Service at Paulding, MS, 29 July 1861, as a private.

Benjamin Frank Cross gave the following testimony:

"Although T. C. (Chiz) Wyatt did not draw a Confederate Pension in Jasper
County, he survived this record of service, returned home where he, for a
time made and sold mattresses in Paulding as well as other points of the
County.  He later owned and operated a large furniture store at Meridian in
spite of his blindness.  It was at the Battle of Chickamauga he lost both
his eyes, both being shot out by the enemy.  One of his comrades of Company
E, T. J. Hare, with Benjamin Frank Cross of Company G. 8th Regt., went to
him and led him from the Battlefield."

Records of Jasper Co., MS, W.P.A. Source Material
Jean Strickland and Patricia N. Edwards, 1995.
 

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