William R. Terry
Date of Birth: March 12, 1827
Hometown: Liberty, VA
Virginia Military Institute, 1850
Final Wartime Rank: Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank: N/A
Date of Death: March 28, 1897
Place of Death: Chesterfield Court House, VA
Peninsula Campaign, Second Manassas,
Gettysburg, Overland Campaign,
Petersburg, Battle of Dinwiddie Court House
Interesting Fact(s): Terry, an 1850 graduate, of the
Virginia Military Institute, would complete his education at the University
of Virginia. With the outbreak of hostilities, he would enter the
Confederate Army as a cavalry captain. His gallant service, at
Manassas, would win him a promotion, to colonel, of the 24th Virginia
Infantry. Wounded, during the Peninsula Campaign, at Williamsburg, he
would miss the Seven Days. Terry would be back, leading his regiment,
during the campaign of Second Manassas. He would serve, subsequently,
with George Pickett's division. At
Gettysburg, his regiment would be
part of Pickett's Charge, against the Union works, along Cemetery Ridge.
His regiment would suffer greatly here, suffering a casualty rate of 36%.
Promoted brigadier general, in May 1864, he would lead his brigade during
U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign, and at the
Siege of Petersburg.
Wounded a total of seven times, during the war, his last wounding would be
at Dinwiddie Court House. After the war, Terry would serve eight years
in the Virginia senate.