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 William Richard Terry

William Richard Terry

Birth
Bedford County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Mar 1897 (aged 70)
Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 10058 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Liberty, Virginia, and was an 1850 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute; he then graduated from the University of Virginia. He farmed and became a merchant until the beginning of the Civil War. When Virginia seceded, he joined the Confederacy with the rank of Captain of a company of cavalry. He fought so bravely at First Bull Run on July 21, 1861, that his performance earned him a promotion in September to Colonel and command of the 24th Virginia. He led his regiment in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. At Williamsburg, Virginia, on May 5, he suffered the first of 7 combat wounds. Returning to duty after the Seven Days' Campaign, he led the 24th at Second Bull Run late in August, then temporarily commanded the brigade of Brigadier General James L. Kemper of Major General George E. Pickett's division. He resumed command of his regiment in 1863. At Gettysburg, on July 3, he fell in Pickett's Charge against the Union center. Kemper was grievously wounded in the assault, and he subsequently replaced the Brigadier General. Early in 1864 Pickett's division was sent to the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, where it participated in operations against New Berne, North Carolina. After receiving his commission as Brigadier General on May 31, 1864, he led his brigade in the Petersburg Campaign. At Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia, on March 31, 1865, he was wounded for the final time but stayed with the army until its surrender at Appomattox. After the war, he served for 8 years as a Virginia state senator, then as superintendent of the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Richmond, Virginia; later dying in that city.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 10058
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Richard Terry (12 Mar 1827–28 Mar 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10058, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .