Alexander James Perry
Brigadier General, United States Army
at New London, Connecticut, December 11, 1828, the son of Nathaniel Hazard
and Lucretia Mumford Perry, he graduated from West Point in 1851, 13th
in a class of 42, and was commissioned in the Artillery.
He served in the Seminole Indian War in Florida; taught math at West Point, and fought Indians in the West before serving at Fort Pickens, Florida, until July 18, 1861. He was promoted to Captain, Assistant Quartermaster, May 17, 1861, and was in charge of the Bureau of Clothing and Equipage in the Quartermaster General's Office in Washington for the remainder of the war.
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, August 20, 1862; Colonel, August 2, 1864; brevet Brigadier General, for war service. He continued in the Regular Army after the war and retired as a Colonel in 1892. He died at Washington, D.C. on March 26, 1913 and is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery, beneath a private memorial which reads:
Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth
His wife, Josephine Adams Perry (born at Augusta, Georgia, November 3, 1834, died at Washington, D.C. January 21, 1917) is buried with him, under a private memorial which reads:
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
NOTE: Per his father's name, he is connected
with the great Naval Leader, Oliver Hazard Perry.
He served in the civil war as Chief Quartermaster
of the Department of Florida, and participated in the relief and defense
of Fort Pickens. On 20 April, 1862, he became Lieutenant Colonel of volunteers,
and in 1864 he was made Chief of a bureau in the Quartermaster's Department
with the rank of Colonel. He was breveted Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and
Colonel, on 13 March, 1865, and also Brigadier General, United States army,
for faithful and meritorious services in that department. He was commissioned
Major on 29 July, 1866, and Lieutenant Colonel on 3 March, 1875. Since
1869 he has served as chief quartermaster of various departments, and he
is now (1888) Assistant Quartermaster General of the Division of
NOTE: The General's son, Alexander
Wallace Perry, Captain, United States Army, is buried in the General's
gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
PERRY - On January 21, 1917, at her residence 2003 I Street, Washington, D.C., JOSEPHINE ADAMS PERRY, widow of the late GENERAL ALEXANDER JAMES PERRY, U.S. Army, in the eighty third year of her age. Funeral will be held on Wedneday, January 24, 1917 at the Church of the Epiphany, G Street, between 13th and 14th Streets, Washington. Interment at Arlington.
PERRY, ALEXANDER J
BRIG GEN U S A RET
DATE OF DEATH: 03/26/1913
BURIED AT: SECTION W SITE 21B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
A W/O ALEXANDER J
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003