William Richard Terry

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William Richard Terry was born at Liberty, Virginia, March 12, 1827. Graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1850, and later from the University of Virginia, he was a merchant in his home town when he entered the Confederate Army as captain of a cavalry company from Bedford County. His conduct at First Manassas won for him, in September 1861, the commission of colonel of the 24th Virginia Infantry, succeeding Jubal Early. Wounded at the battle of Williamsburg, he was back to lead his regiment at Second Manassas and in the subsequent operations of Pickett's division. He was promoted brigadier general to rank from May 31, 1864. Terry was wounded, in all, seven times during the war, the last occasion being at Dinwiddie Court House on March 31, 1865, immediately before the battle of Five Forks. Another of his wounds was sustained in the celebrated charge on the third day at Gettysburg. Following the war General Terry served eight years as a member of the Virginia senate; he was superintendent of the penitentiary, and from 1886 to 1893 of the Confederate Soldiers' Home in Richmond. He was also a member of the board of visitors of V.M.I, in 1873. Paralyzed by a stroke for some years, he died at Chesterfield Court House, Virginia, on March 28, 1897. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

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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