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Perry Barrett
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1847
Death: Feb. 8, 1934

"Co G 49th NC Inf, 10 Nov 1862 as a substitute. He had enlisted lst on 29 March 1862 but was discharged on 1 July 1862 for being under age with his twin Berry. Perry was wounded in the head Sept 1864 in battle near Petersburg, Va. He returned to duty. He was captured at Hatcher's Run 2 April 1865, at Point Lookout, Md from 4-5-1865 thru 6 -23-1865."

b June 14, 1847, d Feb 8, 1934. He was the son of William Barrett and his wife Mary Ford Barrett. His brother Berry may have been his twin.

Wife Barbary Elizabeth Hendrix. William, Henry, Thomas, John, Quinie, Richard, McBride, Charlie, Josey and Perry were his children. He was living in Mecklenburg Co in 1920 with his son Thomas.

He was the son of William Barrett and his wife Mary Ford Barrett. His brother Berry may have been his twin.
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Served North Carolina Substitute Company G, (sub for Private John Edmond Roberts) 49th NC infantry, CSA National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record: 000230, 0002, 00004056

The 49th Regiment North Carolina Troops was organized in March of 1862 from ten separate rifle companies raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Many of the recruits were members that had enlisted earlier in the war, but for lack of weapons were not able to be mustered into service. The rank and file contained a population wholly of volunteers second to none for self-reliance, integrity, just respect for authority and modest worth and courage. Many of them were descendants of those who made the Hornet's Nest of North Carolina a fortress of independence and a terror to invaders.

The 49th NCT was placed under the command of Colonel (future General) Stephen Dodson Ramseur, a rising star in the Confederacy and whose exploits are well known to all the people of North Carolina. After a short time of drill and instruction the 49th NCT was sent to Richmond where they fought in the Seven Days Battles. The unit was placed in Ransom's Brigade, and under Ramseur's leadership, fought well and advanced the farthest at the Battle of Malvern Hill taking heavy casualties, including Col. Ramseur who was gravely wounded. Col. Lee McAfee assumed command and held that post until the surrender at Appomattox.

The great General Robert E. Lee decided to follow up his victory at Richmond and 2nd Manassas with an invasion of Maryland. The 49th participated in the capture of Harpers Ferry and were then hurried to Sharpsburg where they held off a Union assault. The 49th along with the rest of the brigade had the honor of retaking and holding the famous "West Woods". Returning to Virginia the unit was in the battle of Fredericksburg. The 49th was subjected to much cannonading and infantry fighting suffering many casualties.

General Ransom's Brigade was recalled to Eastern North Carolina with the expressed purpose of protecting the vital Petersburg/Weldon/Wilmington Railroad. This railroad was General Lee's most important supply line and with Eastern North Carolina occupied by Federal troops, it was essential to keep this railroad open. One brigade was not nearly large enough to secure this vital supply line and most of 1863 found the 49th along with the brigade constantly on the move to give the impression of a much larger force. One day they would appear at one end of the line and the next showing up at the other end. Strategically, the 49th was the right wing of the Army of Northern Virginia. Ransom's Brigade was the most important force in this section for many months; and, occupying in quick secession Weldon, Warsaw, Kenansville, Goldsboro, Kinston, Wilmington and Greenville, it was always on hand to confront any movement of the enemy in that region. Sometimes a sharp brush with the enemy's forces was necessary to warn him of the foe in his path. From New Bern, Plymouth and Washington, in Eastern North Carolina and from Norfolk and Suffolk in Virginia, the Federals would send out expeditions; but, in each instance, no great distance would be traversed before they were confronted by Ransom's Brigade. During this period the 49th along with the brigade recruited and drilled almost at a constant pace so that when the brigade was transferred to the command of General Beauregard in the spring of 1864, it is probable that there was not in the Confederate service, any brigade containing more effective, well-trained, veteran soldiers.

In May of 1864 Union General Butler moved on Drewry's Bluff with Richmond as his objective. When the brigade containing the 49th reached Petersburg, Butler had capture the Richmond pike. The brigades of Ransom and Hagood under the command of that sterling North Carolinian, Robert F. Hoke were thrown into the fight causing the Federals to retire to the other side of the pike. At Half-Way House, Hoke offered battle, but the enemy slowly retired before him and the way was opened to Drewry's Bluff for the reinforcements to Beauregard. As soon as Ransom's Brigade arrived, they were ordered to the right of the line. The 49th had barely reached there and occupied the works when the first assault of the Battle of Drewry's Bluff was made. The 49th held the extreme right flank and was subjected to a galling fire as the Federals tried to turn the flank, but skirmishers held them at bay commanded by Cicero Durham known as the "Fighting Quartermaster". The 49th lost 11 killed and a considerable number of wounded in this engagement of the evening of the 13th of May. The 14th and 15th were spent repelling repeated charges of the enemy upon the line. Severe loss was inflicted upon them in each attempt.

The morning of the 16th of May was obscured by a dense fog. Beauregard moved his entire army forward for an attack with the left wing under the immediate command of General Ransom. Ransom struck the enemy on their extreme right, carried their works and turned their flank. Blow after blow fell thick and fast on Butlers army. All parts of his line were heavily pressed. Colonel McAfee being wounded, the regiment was commanded by Major James T. Davis. He ordered Captain Chambers to throw his company out as skirmishers at an oblique right angle and with their help the works in the front of the 49th NCT were readily taken. In the action that day the 49th suffered heavy casualties. The next day the regiment continued the pursuit of Butler's army and assisted in his "bottling up" at the Bermuda Hundred.

On the 4th of June, the brigade crossed the James river at Drewry's Bluff and went into the trench lines in front of Petersburg. Hastily rifle pits were thrown up and now commenced Beauregard's magnificent grapple with Grant's army, coming up from City Point, in check all the day and night of the 17th of June.

For the next nine months the 49th occupied with the brigade different parts of the trenchlines in front of Petersburg. During this period they were subjected to sun and stars, heat and cold, with scant food and insufficient supplies. The ranks thinning hourly from deaths, wounds and sickness, depressed by the gathering gloom of their falling fortunes, and through the dark, bitter and foreboding winter of 1864-65, the men of the 49th were faithful unto the end; never faltering in the performance of any duty, never failing to meet and resist the foe.

On the 30th of July Grant surprised the Confederates at the Battle of the Crater. The 49th was on the flank of the attack and held the breach until re-enforcements could be brought up to stabilize the situation. Colonel McAfee commanded Ransom's Brigade during this attack. The 49th participated in the ill fated attack on Fort Steadman and this defeat signaled the beginning of the end. General Sheridan attacked on the extreme right of the Southern lines at Five Forks and although offering stubborn resistance, the 49th was overwhelmed by superior numbers being attacked on three sides. A new attempt to form a line in the rear, led by the gallant Captain Henry Chambers, collapsed before the withering fire of the enemy. Most of the 49th were capture at this battle.

General R. E. Lee ordered a retreat on the 9th of April 1865 and what was left of the 49th NCT was surrendered at Appomattox Court House. The ranking officer present and in immediate command of the unit on the march to Appomattox was Major C. Q. Petty from Gaston County. On that black day , April 9th, 11 officers and 23 ncos and privates surrendered according to the diary of Captain Henry A. Chambers, Commanding Company C. However, the records tell us that by April 12, 1865, 106 officers and ncos and privates eventually registered on the parole records at Appomattox. It was a very inglorious ending to a very noble fighting unit.

Barrett; Perry Captured at Hatchers Run April 2nd 1865.
Died at Kings Mountain, NC. Approx. 1935.
Served with: Private - G - 49th Reg. - North Carolina
Point Lookout - Maryland
Arrived -04/05/1865
Released -06/23/1865 Survivor
Contact: Barrett; Lorraine; E-Mail : kis61n@aol.com

Perry Barrett
Claimed Residence in Cleveland County
Enlist Date Enlist Place Enlist Rank Enlist Age
10 November 1862 Cleveland County, NC Priv 16

Served North Carolina
Substitute G Co. 49th Inf Reg. NC (Sub for Priv John Edmond Roberts)
Source: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster
Abbreviation: NCRosterC
Published by on 1993




 
 
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 Spouse:
  Lizzie E Hendrick Barrett (1850 - 1912)
 
 Children:
  Henry Pinkney Barrett (1874 - 1937)*
  John James Barrett (1879 - 1974)*
  Mack Brid Barrett (1887 - 1934)*
  Masina Quinnie Barrett (1893 - 1917)*
  Joe Vernon Barrett (1893 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain Rest Cemetery
Kings Mountain
Cleveland County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth
Record added: Jun 29, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11264194
Perry Barrett
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