. . . . . . . . . . CSA Veteran . . . . . . . . . . J.W. Perry, the subject of this sketch was born in Colerain, N.C. on the 22nd day of April, 1843. The fall of this same year his father removed with his family to Oktibbeha County, Mississippi where the subject of this sketch was raised.
He enlisted in the Confederate Army soon after hostilities began, his first service being in a 90 day company, raised by Gen. Joe Davis, which rendevouxed at Bowling Green, Kentucky. About the time this enlistment expired Mr. Perry contracted the measles and was sent home. As soon as he recovered from this attack of measles he went to Virginia and joined Co. I 17th Miss. Reg. which was in Barksdale's Brigade, M. Law's Division, Longstreet's Corps., Army of Northern Virginia where he served through the campaign of the peninsula from Yorktown to Richmond, seven days around Richmond, the second Bull Run, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, the two battles at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and other smaller battles.
He passed through all of these unscratched except at Gettysburg where he received his first wound. Soon after the battle of Gettysburg, Longstreet's Corps went to the relief of Gen. Bragg in North Georgia. The battle of Chickamauga was in progress when he reached the field, where he was again wounded. He recovered from this wound in time to engage in the charge on the Fort at Knoxville, Tenn., in November of the same year where he was again wounded. This wound was of such a serious nature that he could not be removed and was left in the wounded hospital, a prisoner, where he remained until March, 1864, when he was taken to Fort Delaware where he remained until the war ended and he was paroled, reaching home the 17th day of June 1865.
In October of the following year he was married to Miss Lou Valentine. In January, 1868 they removed to Texas and settled at Lexington, Burleson [now Lee] County. In November 1873 he was elected sheriff of Burleson County and removed to Caldwell. In January 1879 he removed with his family to Rockdale where they have since continued to reside. Rockdale Reporter, Thurs., 29th Jan 1914, p. 8, c. 1. Our Confederate Corner. . . . . . . . . . . From his Texas certificate of death Name: J.W. Perry Death Date: 01 Mar 1920 Death Place: Taylor, Williamson, Texas Gender: Male Race: White Death Age: 76 years 10 months 8 days Birth Date: 22 Apr 1843 Birthplace: N.C. Marital Status: Married Father's Name: Johnson Perry Father's Birthplace: N.C. Mother's Name: Sarah Wilson Mother's Birthplace: N.C. Occupation: Retired Burial Place: Rockdale, Texas [sic] Burial Date: 01 Mar 1920 . . . . . . . . . .