(1839 - 1864)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
He was 22 years old and cadet Captain at the Kentucky Military Institute at the start of the War. He enlisted in Company E, First Texas Infantry, date not given, and joined his Company in Virginia on 22 September 1861. He was sick in a hospital in Richmond, VA in the Summer of 1862.
On the Campaign
He was slightly wounded in the thigh in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was on furlough for 60 days and returned to his Company. He was wounded again, at Chickamauga, GA on 19 September 1863 and detailed as a division wagonmaster in February 1864. He was killed at the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864.
References & notes
Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2 Sharpsburg wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture (in KMI cadet captain uniform) from a photograph of unknown provenance.
His brother Howard was killed at Sharpsburg.
Colonel Simpson edited and published some of Perry's wartime letters as Whip the Devil and his Hosts in the Chronicles of Smith County, Texas (Fall 1967) from the Historical Society, Tyler, TX.
01/26/1839; Lowndes County, AL
05/06/1864; the Wilderness, VA; burial in Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 [AotW citation 1473]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 42 [AotW citation 20918]