Notes from a letter dated October 18, 1908 from Sister Mary Margaret Augusta Perry (daughter of Robert Perry, Sr., and Ezemily Booth). Sister Margaret Mary Perry was writing from the convent at Grand Coteau to Walter Burke, who had married her niece, Bertha (daughter of Robert S. Perry and Bertha Gary). Apparently she was responding to Walter Burke's inquiry concerning family history:
"Oliver H. Perry was born on the 23rd of October 1838 and died at Camp Pickens, Va. on the 22nd of August 1861, 15 days after the battle of Bull Run, of typhoid fever. He asked for baptism but there was no one to give it to him.
I trust our Lord considered his desire and was merciful to him. Never will I forget the day on which we received his dear remains. Our grief, and especially that of poor Mother, was the greater as his death came so expectantly. He was the youngest, our darling brother! He was so gentle and so noble. I remember upon one occasion, some one complimented him at the cost of another person. He answered nobly, 'I will receive no praise at the expense of another.'
Robert and Olly being nearer the same age were very united, so much so that when the war broke out and Robert told him he was going to enlist in the army, Olly answered: 'Well, I am going too.' They both left together, and a few months later he was brought home a corpse. Robert always thought that he had sacrificed his life to fraternal love. He never could speak of it without weeping, even in his last visit to me, he referred to it and was so overcome by emotion that I was obliged to change the subject. Ollie had studied to be a doctor."
OLIVER H PERRY
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OCT 23 1838
AUG 22 1861