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William R. Terry, Class of 1850

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  • Biographical Information
    • Early Life
      William Richard Terry, born March 12, 1827 at Liberty (now Bedford), Virginia. Parents: William Terry of Bedford County and Lettie Johnson of Pittsylvania Co.
    • VMI record
      Entered VMI on July 27, 1846 and was graduated on July 4, 1850, standing 15th in a class of 17.
    • Marriage
      Mary Adelaide Pemberton (died 1910) in 1856; they had 3 sons and 3 daughters.
    • Pre-Civil War
      Attended University of Virginia; subsequently a merchant.
    • Civil War
      Raised Cavalry company in Bedford, 1861; Col., 24th Virginia Cavalry; 1862- commanded Kemper's Brigade, Kemper's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia; 1863-1864- commanded Kemper's Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina and Dept. of Richmond; wounded at Gettysburg; appointed Brigadier General, May 1864; commanded Kemper's (old) Brigade, Pickett's Div., 1st Corps, Army of Northern VA; at Cold Harbor and Petersburg.
    • Post-war
      State legislator, prison superintendent, in charge of a soldiers' home; died Bedford Co., Virginia on March 29, 1897.