Michael, Many thanks once again for the information you sent to me regarding the burial of my Confederate ancestor at Arlington National Cemetery. I have compiled for you below what I know of his biographical information.JESSE M. PERRY
Jesse was born in 1846, the fifth of eight children, to Joel Walker and Jane Spinks Perry.
The Perry family had been residents of Georgia since the 1790's, and had several members who fought in the Revolutionary War. Jesse was mustered into Confederate service February 23, 1864, serving in Company K of the 12th. Georgia Volunteer Infantry, known as “The Marion Guards”. He participated in the Battle of the Wilderness, and was captured at Spotsylvnia, Virginia May 10,1864.
He subsequently died of typhoid fever June 12, 1864 at Lincoln United States Army General Hospital in Washington, D.C. as a prisoner of war. Records indicate he was buried the next day at Arlington National Cemetery. (Jesse M. Perry Company K, 12th Ga. Infantry, CSA, DOD 13 June 1864, Section 16 Grave 142, near the base of the Confederate Memorial.)
The War Between the States was particularly hard on the Perry family. In addition to Jesse, two older brothers, George and Willis also served in Company K, and died in service. George was a victim of fever in 1861, and Willis was killed in action at Port Republic, Virginia in 1862. None of the three brothers were married.
The oldest son, Edward was 3rd. Sergeant in Company G, 59th. Georgia Volunteer Infantry, also of Marion County. He was the only soldier in the family who survived the War, and was present at the Appomattox surrender. He returned to his wife and children, and with the remainder of his family moved to Chattooga County, Georgia in 1867. Many of his descendants live in the vicinity today.
Please feel free to use the above information, if it is of interest to you at the web-site. Again, my most sincere thanks for your help, –George Perry.
PERRY, JESSE M
- 12 GA
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 06/13/1864
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION CONF SITE 142
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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