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This Day in Georgia History

March 12, 1823

William Flank Perry Born

Educator and Confederate general William Flank Perry was born in Jackson County, Georgia. He later became a teacher, school superintendent, and college professor. In 1862, Perry joined the 44th Alabama as a private. Subsequently, he was appointed major and served at the Battle of Second Manassas. By the Battle of Sharpsburg, he was a lieutenant colonel. In Sept. 1862, Perry was promoted to full colonel and served at the battles of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. He commanded Laws’ Brigade in Field’s Division at the Battle of Petersburg. In February 1865, Perry was promoted to brigadier general and served at Appomattox. After the war, he became a planter, as well as teacher and college professor. Perry died on Dec. 18, 1901 in Bowling Green, Ky.