I've had those same concerns. The thing about hiding war activities. it wasn't that long after the war that the post-war memoirs and histories coming from Confederates were mentioned "Cave Wyatt" as being one of Bill Anderson's primary followers. You'd think something more would have surfaced if a man as prominent as JC had been the man. Then again, in all those bios we have all scooped up on JC Wyatt, his activities for his late teen years seem to be absent, i.e., 1863-1865. He's going to school which appears to have been high school level, then he's going to work for his father as assistant postmaster in 1865. There seems to be a big two year gap there. And during those years, if he was sitting at home peacefully, then how come he doesn't show up on an EMM muster roll. He is absent there too.