Edward Aylesworth Perry

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Edward Aylesworth Perry was a native of Massachusetts, born at Richmond on March 15, 1831. He received his elementary education at Richmond Academy, and entered Yale in 1850, but withdrew the following year to teach school and study law in Alabama. He removed to Pensacola, Florida, in 1857, and engaged in the practice of law there. In 1861 he went into the Confederate Army as captain of Company A, 2nd Florida Infantry, of which he became colonel in May 1862. He was severely wounded at Frayser's Farm during the Seven Days battles. Promoted brigadier general to rank from August 28, 1862, he led the Florida Brigade at Chancellorsville. Soon after, he came down with typhoid fever. He was again on active duty during the Overland campaign of 1864, and was a second time severely wounded at the Wilderness. After his recovery he was assigned to duty with the reserve forces of Alabama, where he served until the close of the war. General Perry soon thereafter attained great prominence at the Florida bar. As an outspoken opponent of carpetbag rule, he was elected governor of the state in 1884 on the Democratic ticket. He retired to private life at the end of his term, and died suddenly from a stroke while visiting in Kerrville, Texas, on October 15, 1889. He is buried in Pensacola.

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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