Abner Monroe Perrin

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Abner Monroe Perrin, a native of South Carolina, was born in Edgefield District, February 2, 1827. He took part in the Mexican War as a 2nd, and later 1st, lieutenant of infantry in the regular army. He afterwards studied law and was admitted to the bar in Columbia in 1854. Entering Confederate service as captain of the 14th South Carolina, he went to Virginia in the spring of 1862, and participated in the Seven Days battles, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. He was promoted colonel on February 20, 1863, and led the regiment at Chancellorsville and, after the wounding of McGowan, Perrin led the brigade there and at Gettysburg. He was commissioned brigadier general to rank from September 10, 1863, and was given command of Wilcox's old brigade of Anderson's division of the 3rd Corps. He was conspicuous for his bravery at the Wilderness, and is said to have declared before the battle of Spotsylvania Court House that, "I shall come out of this fight a live major general or a dead brigadier." During the early morning hours of May 12, 1864—after Hancock's men had overrun the "Mule Shoe" and captured the greater part of Edward Johnson's division—A. P. Hill was called upon for reinforcements. As Perrin was leading his men up to the works sword in hand through a veritable hail of fire, he fell dead from his horse, pierced with seven balls. He was buried in the City Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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