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Confederate (CSA)

Lieutenant Colonel

John F Terry

(1828 - 1890)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In March or April 1861 he was elected Captain, Goodson Rifle Guards, which became Company A, 37th Virginia Infantry in May. He was wounded in action in the Valley in 1862 (at Kernstown or McDowell, VA). He was elected Lieutenant Colonel, probably at the reorganization of April 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Regiment at Sharpsburg, and was wounded in action there on 17 September.

The rest of the War

He was with the Regiment to at least January 1865 (then at Post Headquarters, Bristol, TN), but was not among the 17 men (all enlisted) of the 37th Virginia paroled at Appomattox Courthouse, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He was elected Commissioner of the Revenue for Washington County, VA in August 1865, but declared ineligible because of his Confederate commission. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1869, but was not seated - for the same reason. He was mayor of Goodson, VA (renamed Bristol in 1890) from 1875-1886. Sometime after 1876 he was Treasurer of the new Bristol Coal and Iron Narrow Guarge Railway.

References & notes

Details from Lewis Preston Summers' History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870 (1903). His gravesite is on Findagrave. He was said to have "dropped dead on Main Street" in Bristol.


1828; Amherst County, VA


11/17/1890 Bristol, VA; burial in East End Cemetery, Wytheville, VA