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 Alfred W. Perry, M.D., CSA

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Name: Alfred W. Perry
Cause of death: senility
Death date: May 29, 1929
Place of death: San Anselmo, CA
Birth date: 1842
Place of birth: Boston, MA
Type of practice: Allopath
Practice specialities: PH Public Health
States and years of licenses:CA, 1876
Places and dates of practices: San Francisco, CA, Oct 1, 1911, San Anselmo, CA, Oct 4, 1915
Medical school(s): New Orleans School of Medicine, 1862, (G)
Other education: New Orleans
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 93:52


Lieut. Colonel A. G. Mills- Apr. 24—Aug. 16, 1862; returned to 9th regiment
Quarter Master S E Rumble — detached service Dec. 1863
Assistant Surgeon L H Cohen — Sept.—Dec. 1863; to 24th Miss
Assistant Surgeon Alfred W. Perry — transferred to Macon, Ga.
Assistant Surgeon William W Moore — captured at Murfreesboro
Assistant Surgeon Thomas Turner — transferred to 41st Miss

(Note: The following 7th information is from an internet printed source and may or may not be 100% accurate.  Please see the following site for additional updates: )

The Seventh Mississippi was one of the original eight regiments called into state service under the first call for troops from Mississippi on March 9, 1861. The various companies were being enrolled from April to August and were mustered by various officers including Brigadier-General H.R. C1ark, a physician who had lived in Franklin County; Ms. The Seventh was a pleasing designation in Franklin County, as that had been the designation of Franklin County troops in territorial days.

The companies were moved to Natchez, where they “boarded ships to the guff coast”. In late August or early September. It was intended by Governor John J. Pettus that the Seventh would become one of three regiments and a battalion for coast defense. It was organized on September 25, 1861, with headquarters at Bay St. Louis. The companies were scattered to Camp Goode at Shieldsboro, Camp Clark at Bay St. Louis and at Pass Christian. During this time, it was quite easy for a man to go home and join another regiment, or just go home. The men suffered from camp fever, pneumonia and measles. It is hard for us to believe today, but many died of the measles.

There was a high wind and rain the night of October 31, 1861, in which many records were ruined. During this period, if a man was ill two months, he as usually discharged.

The regiment was ordered to join the Army of Tennessee and left by railroad cars. There was a railroad collision at Ponchatoula, Louisiana on February 27, 1862, with heavy loss of life. Incidentally there was a later railroad collision in Alabama in1863, with minor losses. The unit participated at Shiloh with an undetermined killed and wounded. Some records are incomplete, but it is believed many who died shortly after Shiloh of typhoid fever were actually dying of wounds, which induced fever. Some were also wounded and killed in the defense lines at Corinth.

At Mumfordville, Kentucky (called Mumsfordville in Confederate Records), the regiment was heavily engaged in the area called Fort Craig. The old men and boys were discharged at Barbstown, Kentucky and all foreign nationals that wanted a discharge. From this date until the end of the war, the regiment was nearly continually on the line participating in various skirmishes and actively engaged at Murfreesboro, Tn., Chickamauga, Ga., Missionary Ridge, Tn. and in 1863 Atlanta campaign. They were actively engaged at Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, Rasaca and in two battles at Atlanta on July 22nd and 28th, 1863. They fought at Jonesboro and in the Tennessee campaign At Franklin and Nashville. Many men were wounded and sent to various hospitals (official regimental musters have been found after August1864). It was found that at the end of the hostilities, men were scattered from Mississippi to North Carolina. We are more familiar with the men of Company A, B and K who were wholly or partially enlisted from Franklin County. It was found that many were discharged and later joined other infantry artillery or cavalry units. Although we have not made a complete study of the other companies, we feel that the same trend occurred in those units. Pension records in Franklin County show that some men were wounded at places that were not shown by Confederate records.

The most influential men of the counties made up the officers and non-commissioned officer corps, i.e. the State Representatives, County Officials and rich planters. Most of the men were farmers but the butcher, the baker, the cobbler and everybody and his brother went.

In the company records listed below which contain a list of all of the men of Companies A thru K, we will leave out most hospital records, ages of the men, and special duty such as teamster etc. Some men were wounded three and four times, suffered imprisonment possibly twice, and had numerous adventures. We have culled this material and will only mention one, two or possibly three facts about each man.


Lieut. Colonel A. G. Mills- Apr. 24—Aug. 16, 1862; returned to 9th regiment
Quarter Master S E Rumble — detached service Dec. 1863
Assistant Surgeon L H Cohen — Sept.—Dec. 1863; to 24th Miss
Assistant Surgeon Alfred W. Perry — transferred to Macon, Ga.
Assistant Surgeon William W Moore — captured at Murfreesboro
Assistant Surgeon Thomas Turner — transferred to 41st Miss

Medical and Surgical History citations (post civil war):

A. W. PERRY--Abscess of the liver; its connection with dysentery, loc. cit., note (), p. 553: "I am satisfied that it is a very common disease in New Orleans, and the southern portions of the country." This opinion is supported by the fact that the author had observed "within a short space of time," at the Charity hospital, New Orleans, five cases of liver abscess, four of which were complicated with dysentery. One of these cases (No. 4) is so doubtful that the author says: "the abscess in this case, if one existed, and I think it did, probably was small and became encysted;" the patient recovered. The three others died, and are referred to in the note cited above. The author also states that of 3,936 deaths entered on the mortuary records of New Orleans between May 20 and October 8, 1866, but two were attributable to abscess of the liver.

New Orleans School of Medicine.

D. WAREEN, BEICKELL, M. D., Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children.
HOWARD SMITH, M. D., Professor of Materia Medica.
I. L. CRAWCOUB, M. D.. Professor of Principles and Practice of Medicine.
ALFRED 0. HOLT, M. D.. Professor of Clinical Medicine.
SAM'L LOGAN, M. D., Professor of Surgery.
A. E. PETICOLAS, M. D., Professor of Anatomy.
J. DICKSON BRUNS. M. D., Professor of Physiology and Pathology.
W. S. MITCHELL, M. D., Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery.
Demonrtrators of Anatomy.

JOS. HOLT, M. D.— Obstetrics, etc.
JOHN W. CALDWELL, M. D —Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
LE GRAND G. CAPERS, M. D.— Surgery.
ALFRED W. PERRY. M. D.— Practice and Clinical Medicine-
L. H. COHEN, M. D.— Chemistry.
J. B. DAVIS, M. D.— Anatomy.

(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)

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