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 William Terry

William Terry

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Death 5 Sep 1888 (aged 64)
Burial Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 11090 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate General, US Congressman. He was educated at the University of Virginia and admitted to the bar in 1851. In 1859 he went to Harper's Ferry as a Lieutenant in the Wyeth Grays during the John Brown affair. In 1861, he was again at Harper's Ferry as first lieutenant of a company in the Fourth Virginia regiment, Stonewall Jackson Brigade. At the first Battle of Manassas in the spring of 1862 he was promoted to major. In the Battle of Second Manassas he was wounded and mentioned for gallantry. After Gettysburg, he was promoted to colonel and after participating in the Wilderness and Spotsylvania campaign with credit, he was promoted to brigadier –general. In 1864 he was assigned as commander of the Stonewall Brigade. At Winchester he was one of seven distinguished Confederate general to be killed or wounded. Returning to his brigade on the Petersburg line on March 25, 1865, he was wounded for the third time as he led his command against Fort Stedman. After the war, he returned to his law practice and in 1868 he was nominated to the US Congress but could not make the race because of political disabilities. Upon removal of the disabilities he was elected to the Forty-second and Forty-fourth Congresses. On September 5, 1888, he drowned while attempting to ford a creek near his home.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Terry (14 Aug 1824–5 Sep 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11090, citing East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .