Governor of Florida
(1831-89) A lawyer by occupation, he served as a judge for Escambia County, Florida from 1857 through 1861. During the War Between the States, Perry fought with distinction for the Confederacy, rising from the rank of private to brigadier general. In May 1861, he enlisted in the "Pensacola Rifle Rangers," which was later designated Company A of the 2nd Florida Infantry, and was elected as its captain. A year later, he was elected colonel of the regiment. In June 1862, he was wounded during the battle of Glendale, Va. during the Peninsula campaign. On August 28, 1862, he was promoted to rank of brigadier general and he returned to active duty the following year. He led an all Florida brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia at the battle of Chancellorsville, but was stricken with typhoid fever and missed the Gettysburg campaign. Perry returned to the Army of Northern Virginia to command his brigade in the Bristoe campaign in the fall of 1863. He was severely wounded in the battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. He briefly returned to the trenches during the Siege of Petersburg, but had not recovered sufficiently for active duty. Hence, he was sent to Alabama for the duration of the war, serving in the Confederate Invalid Corps. After the war he resumed his law practice, and served as Governor of Florida from 1885-89.
Antique photograph, in Confederate uniform. This is a late 1800's copy photograph of an engraved portrait of Perry. Overall size is 7 3/8 x 9. Light staining. General Perry is extremely rare to find in a war date image.