Mark Perrin Lowrey
Mark Perrin Lowrey, born in McNairy County, Tennessee, December 30, 1828, was the son of parents who had immigrated to the United States from Ireland and England, and was virtually without a formal education. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Tishomingo County, Mississippi, in 1845; and the year after, Lowrey enlisted in the 2nd Mississippi Volunteers for service in Mexico. Subsequently he was a brick mason, and boarded the village schoolteacher in order to learn from him at night. In 1853 he entered the Baptist ministry and continued in it until 1861. After commanding the 4th Regiment of Mississippi State Troops (a sixty-day regiment), he was appointed colonel of the 32nd Mississippi Infantry in 1862, and fought with notable distinction in the Kentucky campaign and at Chickamauga. He was promoted brigadier general from October 4, 1863. During the Atlanta campaign Lowrey's brigade was attached to the corps of General Hardee, in Pat Cleburne's division. He then accompanied Hood into Tennessee, and participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville. General Lowrey resigned his commission on March 14, 1865. In 1873 he founded the Blue Mountain Female Institute, at Blue Mountain, Mississippi, with which he was connected as president and professor of history and moral science until his death. Prominent to the last in the councils of the Baptist denomination, he fell dead in the railway station at Middleton, Tennessee, February 27, 1885; he is buried in Blue Mountain.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.